David K. Williams

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David K. Williams
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Former candidate for
Attorney General of Colorado
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Last electionNovember 4, 2014
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David K. Williams was a Libertarian candidate for Attorney General of Colorado in the 2014 elections.[1]

David K. Williams lost the general election on November 4, 2014.



See also: Colorado attorney general election, 2014

Williams ran on the Libertarian ticket for election to the office of Attorney General of Colorado. He was seeking to replace John Suthers (R), who was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits. Williams faced Cynthia Coffman (R) and Don Quick (D) in the general election, which Coffman won. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Attorney General of Colorado, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCynthia Coffman 51.4% 1,002,626
     Democratic Don Quick 42.4% 826,182
     Libertarian David K. Williams 6.2% 120,745
Total Votes 1,949,553
Election Results via Colorado Secretary of State.

Race background

Originally appointed in 2005 to fill a vacancy in the office, outgoing Republican Colorado Attorney General John Suthers went on to win two full terms in 2006 and 2010. He was barred by term limits from running for a third consecutive term, leaving the attorney general seat open in the 2014 elections.

The seat was first marked as "vulnerable" to partisan switch in a March 2013 report Governing put together about the 2014 attorney general elections.[2] In December, the same publication rated the race a "tossup." Out of a total of 31 attorney general seats up for election nationwide in 2014, only four received this rating, including Colorado. The others were Arizona, Arkansas and Wisconsin.[3] Against the backdrop of Colorado's "purple" partisan landscape, statewide races are flagged as competitive early on because major party organizations and other interests get involved in order to exert influence over state government.

In this case, Democratic Party forces placed their faith and money in the campaign of Don Quick, a career prosecutor whom Governing called "a strong contender to flip the seat."[2] Quick previously served as District Attorney for the 17th Judicial District, which includes Adams County, and spent six years as deputy attorney general under Suthers' predecessor, Democrat Ken Salazar.[4][5]

Also vying to succeed Suthers as Colorado's chief legal officer was Republican contender Cynthia Coffman. Coffman served as chief deputy under Suthers. Coffman's husband, Mike Coffman (R), is a three-term U.S. Representative from Colorado's 6th Congressional District and a former Colorado Secretary of State.[6][5] Like Quick, she had the connections and access to deep pockets necessary for running a legitimate statewide campaign.

Quick and Coffman were uncontested for their respective party nominations in the June 24 primary and advanced automatically to the general election. Libertarian attorney and party activist David K. Williams was the only third party candidate on the November ballot. Coffman won the general election on November 4, 2014.

Money in the race

The Republican Attorney Generals Association spent $2.6 million on Coffman's campaign as of September. Quick was operating on less than one-quarter of that amount, and he tried to compensate for the relative funding shortage by "walking 2.6 miles a day in campaigning."[7]

Campaign themes

  • Death Penalty:
Unlike any of my other opponents running for Attorney General, I am against the death penalty. Because the execution process is flawed in many areas, I cannot in good conscious allow an execution where the prisoner could later be found innocent. As Attorney General, I will fight to uphold those sentenced to capital punishment to be stayed from execution. [8]

—David K. Williams[9]

  • Corruption:
One of my top priorities is to investigate and prosecute government corruption. [8]

—David K. Williams[10]

  • Marijuana:
As AG I will aggressively enforce those who violate our marijuana laws, but I also promise to protect this industry from the over regulation by our federal counterparts and our state’s own legislators. [8]

—David K. Williams[11]


Colorado Attorney General - 2014 General Election
Poll Cynthia Coffman (R) Don Quick (D)David K. Williams (L)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Gravis Marketing
July 8-10, 2014
Public Policy Polling
July 17-20, 2014
Suffolk University
September 9-16, 2014
AVERAGES 40% 32.33% 4.6% 22.73% +/-3.73 753
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

**Due to the nature of the comparison, a placeholder figure of 0% is assigned to candidates not included in any given match-up round

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