District Judge Chris Carnahan announced today that he will run for the Ninth State District Court, Division One representing Faulkner and Van Buren counties for the general election in 2020.
“I have been privileged to serve as both a Circuit and District Judge in Faulkner and Van Buren Counties. I believe judges must serve as unbiased referees in court cases. Having presided over thousands of cases, serving as a deputy prosecutor and private attorney in thousands of other matters, I know what I want in a judge, and that’s a fair shake to make my argument. I’ve been that kind of judge and my pledge is to continue to be that judge,” Carnahan saidin a statement.
Carnahan was appointed in November 2018 to fill the Ninth District position by Governor Asa Hutchinson. Replacing Judge Susan Weaver, he began his term in January 2019. Carnahan presides over the District Court for Conway, Vilonia, Greenbrier, Clinton, Fairfield Bay and Damascus for civil and criminal matters. His current term will expire December 2020.
Prior to being appointed District Judge he started his career with Tatum, Tatum, & Riedela as an associate and then served as city attorney for small municipalities in Arkansas. Carnahan is a Conway resident and a University of Arkansas Little Rock and University of Central Arkansas graduate.
Carnahan has not officially filed to run according to the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office.