Perennial local candidate David Lynn Williams, 68, will face a jury Thursday on misdemeanor charges of menacing and harassment.

The Glasgow man, who lost a bid for State Commissioner of Agriculture in November, will appear before Barren District Court Judge John Alexander.

On June 8, Williams allegedly caused a disturbance at Glasgow City Hall when he threatened city clerk Sheila Oliver, his niece, by saying, “If you were a man, I’d knock you through that door,” according to court documents.

Williams, who recently filed as a Democrat to run for the Senate seat of incumbent Mitch McConnell, also allegedly swung his hand toward Oliver, “thereby placing affiant (Oliver) in reasonable apprehension of being struck and incurring injury,” court records stated.

At the time of last summer’s incident, Williams maintained his innocence of any wrongdoing.

Oliver previously stated he was at city hall that Friday morning in reference to an open records request.

In the past several years, Williams has sought several political offices, both local and statewide, including Glasgow mayor, governor, U.S. Congressman and, most recently, commissioner of agriculture.

Williams secured the Democratic nomination for ag commissioner after receiving over 160,000 votes in last May’s primary.

He lost to Republican incumbent Richie Farmer.


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