Crews to join race for pros­e­cu­tor job

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - ARKANSAS -

CON­WAY — Chief Deputy Prose­cut­ing At­tor­ney Carol Crews has an­nounced she will run for prose­cut­ing at­tor­ney in the 20th Ju­di­cial Cir­cuit.

Crews, 35, will seek the po­si­tion now held by Cody Hi­land, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s nom­i­nee for U.S. at­tor­ney for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

Crews, who be­gan her le­gal ca­reer as a deputy pros­e­cu­tor in ju­ve­nile court, has worked as a full-time deputy pros­e­cu­tor for 10 years. She joined the 20th Ju­di­cial Cir­cuit in 2011 and later was pro­moted to se­nior trial at­tor­ney, then to chief deputy.

The cir­cuit com­prises Faulkner, Van Buren and Searcy coun­ties.

In a news re­lease, Crews said she pri­mar­ily han­dles homi­cides, vi­o­lent and sex­ual cases and crimes against chil­dren. Crews, who over­sees other at­tor­neys and staff mem­bers, also has par- tic­i­pated in drug court and teen court.

“Our of­fice has the rep­u­ta­tion of be­ing tough on re­peat, vi­o­lent, and sex­ual of­fend­ers, as well as be­ing ded­i­cated to be­ing eth­i­cal and fair. We strive to seek jus­tice, not merely win cases. This is a le­gacy I look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing for the people of the 20th District,” Crews said.

Crews lives in Con­way with her hus­band, Jor­dan, and their son, Jack­son. She grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of Arkansas at Lit­tle Rock and the W.H. Bowen School of Law at the Univer­sity of Arkansas at Lit­tle Rock.

If elected, Crews would be the first woman to run the 20th Ju­di­cial Cir­cuit pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice.

Prose­cu­tors are elected to four-year terms in Arkansas and make $155,040 an­nu­ally.

The non­par­ti­san elec­tion will be May 22. The fil­ing pe­riod for can­di­dates starts at 3 p.m. Feb. 22 and ends at 3 p.m. March 1.

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