"I believe that Fort Smith's future is bright."
For the majority of my life, I have lived in Fort Smith, and there is no other place in which I would choose to live. Educated in the Fort Smith public school system, I have been privileged to serve as a member of the school board. I think Fort Smith is truly a hidden gem. And with the strides we are making in capital improvements to our schools as well as increasing the opportunities offered in our city, I believe that Fort Smith’s future is bright.
I have been a practicing civil law attorney throughout the State of Arkansas for almost 30 years, handling all types of civil cases in both state and federal courts. This experience makes me uniquely qualified to hold the circuit court position for which I am running, as this particular position handles half of all civil cases filed each year in Sebastian County.
My judicial philosophy
is that under our constitutional structure, the legislature alone is constitutionally empowered to make or enact the laws and the courts’ role is to fairly and equally enforce the laws enacted by the legislature. Unfortunately, we see across the country instances where judges refuse to enforce laws that violate their personal values and then supplant their views for those of the legislature. This has the effect of undermining our constitutional system. Judges should be judges and let legislators be legislators.