Mary Windom, a deputy attorney general for the State of Alabama, announced her candidacy for the Republican nomination for Place 2 on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals.
"The people of Alabama - particularly victims of crime - deserve an efficient judicial system to bring closure to the hundreds of cases that pass through the Court of Criminal Appeals," Windom said. "And the people of Alabama deserve and demand fairness in their courtrooms. And they demand justice. Without it, we've lost what has made America the land of the free."
Windom is a Bay Minette native and long-time Mobile resident who now resides in Alexander City. She graduated from the University of South Alabama and Jones School of Law.
"Over the past few weeks, I have had the opportunity to travel throughout the state, and I've been pleased to see that they are seeking a judge that will be strong, conservative and fair," Windom said. "I believe my experience shows that I meet that criteria."
Prior to serving as a deputy attorney general, Windom was an assistant United States Attorney and in general private practice. As a deputy attorney general, she was instrumental in the shutting down of several "massage parlors" serving as fronts for prostitution rings.
Windom pointed to her parents - Earl and Ina Becker - as her inspiration to seek public office. Her late father was a career postal worker serving over 40 years, after a tour in the U.S. Army during World War II. Her mother - now 91 - worked in the tax assessor's office in Baldwin County for more than four decades including two terms as the elected tax assessor.
"My mother instilled in me the responsibility to serve. My parents served for more than 80 years between them," Windom said. "I'm taking a step to follow my mother in elected public service. She is my role model. Just like she did, I will always strive to do right by the law and just as importantly do right by the people I work for."