by Max Brantley
It's been a strangely quiet election season in some ways. Coverage of races beyond the U.S. Senate battle has been limited, particularly in the judicial races, where candidates are somewhat limited in what they can say in the first place.
Here's a chance to weigh judicial candidates. The W. Harold Flowers Law Society will have a forum for candidates for two seats on the Arkansas Supreme Court and one in Pulaski circuit court from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at the Kendall Center of Philander Smith College.
A forum for judicial candidates seeking election in nonpartisan races for the Arkansas Supreme Court and the Pulaski County Circuit Court will be held on Thursday, May 6, from 6-8 p.m. at the Kendall Center on the campus of Philander Smith College in Little Rock.
The judicial forum is sponsored by the W. Harold Flowers Law Society, an association of black lawyers and others interested in the impact of the judicial system in matters of particular concern to African-American communities. The Society is affiliated with the National Bar Association.
The forum will provide an opportunity for the total of five candidates seeking Supreme Court positions 3 and 6 to address the audience from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Three candidates seeking election to the Circuit Court judgeship formerly held by Willard Proctor, Jr., will be allotted time to speak from 7-8 p.m.
The candidates for Supreme Court Position 3 are Arkansas Court of Appeals Judge Courtney Henry and Circuit Judge John Fogelman. The opening was created by the retirement of Justice Tom Glaze, who was replaced by Justice Elana Cunningham Wills pending this election. Court of Appeals Judge Karen Baker, Circuit Judge Tim Fox, and attorney Evelyn Moorehead are seeking election to the seat formerly held by retired Justice Annabelle Clinton Imber. Gov. Mike Beebe appointed Justice Ron Sheffield to fill the position pending this election.
Wrightsville District Judge Rita F. Bailey, former Court of Appeals Judge Wendell L. Griffen, and Causley Edwards, an administrative law judge, are candidates for the circuit court judgeship.