JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A pair of area attorneys recently announced plans to seek circuit judge seats in Region 8 for the 2020 judicial general election.
Attorney Matthew Coe of Crittenden County announced he is seeking the Circuit Judge, Division 8 seat in the Second Judicial District being vacated by Circuit Judge John Fogleman, while Lawrence County District Judge Adam Weeks said he will be running for a circuit judge in the Third Judicial District.
The Second Judicial District covers Crittenden, Poinsett, Mississippi, Craighead, Greene and Clay counties, while the Third Judicial District covers Jackson, Lawrence, Randolph and Sharp counties.
In his announcement, Coe said the decision to run came after considerable thought and support from friends and colleagues.
Coe also said the current judges on the bench provided inspiration for him to run.
“The Second Judicial District has an exceptional group of judges who are prepared, follow the law and treat attorneys and people that come before the Court fairly, courteously and respectfully. It would be an honor to help continue this very important tradition,” Coe said in the announcement.
Coe has been a partner in the law firm of Rogers, Coe and Sumpter since 2005 and has served as a deputy prosecuting attorney in Crittenden County since 2012.
Of his work, Coe said he has had the opportunity to litigate cases from divorce and child custody to juvenile and criminal cases.
“I am confident that my experience in the courtroom, dedication to the principles of hard work and preparation, as well as my demeanor will be beneficial to the public as a Circuit Judge,” Coe said. “I look forward to visiting with people across the district over the next year and earning your confidence and trust. As we move forward with this journey, I gratefully ask for your vote, support and help in my effort to seek the office of Circuit Judge.”
Coe and his wife, Robin McDaniel Coe, have three children.
Weeks, who grew up in Walnut Ridge, said he will be seeking the circuit judge seat now held by Circuit Judge Tom Garner, who was appointed and cannot seek another term in office.
In the announcement, Weeks said he will work to provide justice in an even-handed, objective manner.
“As Judge, I hold a piece of the public trust and I hand out decisions on behalf of members of our community in a fair and impartial manner. Serving as District Judge gives me the experience and temperament to become our next Circuit Judge. Circuit Judges preside over complex civil and criminal cases. Their rulings can have an immediate and profound impact on those who appear before the court, and sometimes the community as a whole,” Weeks said. “I take those responsibilities seriously because the power to make those decisions is not mine. They are the powers of the people of Arkansas and the laws they have created. If elected, I promise never to forget that.”
Weeks, who graduated from Walnut Ridge, received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Central Arkansas and his law degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law.
Weeks was elected as district judge in 2014 and owned a law firm before that. He also served as city attorney in Walnut Ridge and Hardy and was a city council member in Conway from 2000 to 2006.
Weeks and his wife, Tasha, have two children.
The judicial general election is March 3, 2020.