The party primary and judicial general election will be held in Arkansas this year on March 1, 2016. The judicial general election includes four contested races for seats on Arkansas’s appellate courts (two in each court). The races for the open seats on the Arkansas Supreme Court will be elected in a statewide election. The seats open on the Arkansas Court of Appeals will be elected only by voters in each seat’s district.
Arkansas Supreme Court
In the Arkansas Supreme Court, the contest for the position of Chief Justice (Position 1) resulted from former Chief Justice Hannah’s announcement earlier this year that he would retire early. Position 5 is open because Justice Danielson decided not to seek re-election for that position.
The candidates for the two contested races on the Arkansas Supreme Court are as listed below along with a link to each candidate’s campaign site.
Chief Justice Position 1
Association Justice Position 5
Arkansas Court of Appeals
In the Court of Appeals, there are two races that are uncontested: Judge Rita W. Gruber will remain the Associate Justice for District 6, Position 1; and Judge Waymond Brown will keep his seat as District 7 Associate Judge.
The two contested races in the Court of Appeals are for District 2, Position 2 (currently occupied by Judge Cliff Hoofman, who was appointed to replace Justice Rhonda Wood when she was elected to the Arkansas Supreme Court) and District 5 (currently occupied by Mike Kinard, who was appointed to replace Justice Robin Wynne after Wynne was elected to the Arkansas Supreme Court).
The candidates for the two contested positions on the Arkansas Court of Appeals are listed below each position in the list that follows (along with a link to each candidate’s campaign site).