JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A northeast Arkansas prosecutor has announced that he plans to run for circuit judge.
Second Judicial Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington made the announcement on Facebook.
“I will confirm that I am going to run for Circuit Judge for the recently created 12th Division,” Ellington said in a Facebook post.
He said a more formal announcement will follow.
Ellington was first elected as Prosecuting Attorney for the Second Judicial District of Arkansas in 2010 and re-elected in 2014, according to his bio on his official website.
He served as deputy prosecutor prior to that.
The Second Judicial circuit covers Craighead, Clay, Greene, Mississippi, Crittenden, and Poinsett Counties.
Currently, 11 judges serve in Arkansas’ Second Judicial District. However, soon a 12th judge will serve in the division.
The additional judge’s position was added during the recent legislative session in Little Rock. The bill, now known as Act 1003, added additional circuit judgeships in the Second, Fourth, Twelfth, Nineteenth-West and Twenty-First judicial Districts.
State Senator Bart Hester of Cave Springs sponsored the bill. Governor Hutchinson signed it on April 17.
The newest circuit judge position for the Second Judicial District will be filled by an election in 2020. The winner of the election will take office on Jan. 1, 2021.