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Does courthouse crowd matter?


We may get an answer to that in the land commissioner's race. Following is a news release saying 48 50 county judges have endorsed Monty Davenport. Do grassroots matter much anymore? Or does the 30-second TV ad, with a snappy soundbite, trump all? (Even if the TV is somewhat limited.)


The State Land Commissioner plays an integral role in Arkansas county government. County Judges work very closely with the Land Commissioner to ensure the expeditious return of delinquent parcels to county tax rolls, thereby generating more revenue to fund essential county services, such as jails, roads and bridges, and most importantly, our public schools.


 As the chief executives officers of our respective counties, we know that we all need someone in the Land Commissioner’s Office who has the maturity and the requisite experience in the real estate industry to get the job done.  We need someone who will be fiscally responsible with our tax dollars, someone who has intimate knowledge of both the state budgetary and legislative processes, and above all else, someone who will protect our property rights.  


 “I have gotten to know Monty very well over these past few years.  Monty has been a true friend to county government by sponsoring legislation that enables our counties to capture and collect delinquent personal property taxes that may be owed on personal property sold at auctions.  Monty will use his experience, maturity, and knowledge that are so important when it comes to oversight of the complex operations of the Land Commissioner’s Office.  If the people of Arkansas really stop to think about it, I don’t think they would place the constitutional duties entrusted with the Land Commissioner in the hands of a 23-year-old who has had a real estate license for less than six months, and who has never conducted a real estate transaction.  In my book, experience counts.”

-The Honorable Jimmy Hart, Conway County Judge

 “Monty and I came into the House of Representatives together, and I have enjoyed serving with him for all of these years. During our time in the legislature, I have witnessed his leadership in the State Capitol.  I know that Monty will continue to lead as our next Land Commissioner.  I look forward to continuing my working relationship with him should I be elected as Garland County Judge in November.”

-The Honorable Rick Saunders, State Representative


We, the undersigned County Judges of Arkansas, have the duty to serve in the best interests of our constituents.  We have the responsibility of managing the daily operation of our respective county governments, and we do so while working with limited county budgets in order to provide safe, clean and prosperous communities for our fellow Arkansans.  We need someone in the Land Commissioner’s Office who has the leadership and the experience to work with us toward our common goals and who will help us to generate additional revenue to fund vital county functions.  For these and many other reasons, we endorse and encourage our fellow Arkansans to vote for Representative Monty Davenport for State Land Commissioner. 


Arkansas County Judge “Sonny” CoxBaxter County Judge Joe BodenhamerBradley County Judge Keith NeelyCalhoun County Judge Floyd NuttCarroll County Judge Sam BarrChicot County Judge Mack BallClay County Judge Gary HowellCleburne County Judge Claude DillColumbia County Judge Larry AtkinsonConway County Judge Jimmy HartCrawford County Judge John HallDesha County Judge Mark McElroyDrew County Judge Damon LampkinFaulkner County Judge Preston ScrogginFranklin County Judge Joe PowellGarland County Judge Larry WilliamsGarland County Judge Democratic Nominee Representative Rick SaundersGrant County Judge Kemp NallHempstead County Judge Wallace MartinHot Spring County Judge Bill ScrimshireHoward County Judge Kevin SmithJohnson County Judge Mike JacobsLafayette County Judge Frank ScrogginsLawrence County Judge Alex LathamLee County Judge Jim KeaslerLincoln County Judge Charles CappsLittle River County Judge Clayton CastlemanLogan County Judge Gus YoungLonoke County Judge Charlie TroutmanMadison County Judge Wes FowlerMarion County Judge James GilesMontgomery County Judge Alvin BlackNevada County Judge Baker ButlerPerry County Judge Baylor HousePhillips County Judge Don GentryPike County Judge Don BakerPolk County Judge Ray StanleyPope County Judge Jim Ed GibsonPrairie County Judge Bob ChildersPrairie County Judge – Elect Mike SkardaPulaski County Judge Buddy VillinesRandolph County Judge David JansenScott County Judge James ForbesSevier County Judge Dick TallmanStone County Judge Stacy AveyUnion County Judge Bobby EdmondsVan Buren County Judge Robert BramlettWashington County Judge Marilyn EdwardsWoodruff County Judge Charles DallasYell County Judge Brad Wear

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