Ellington to seek newly created judgeship
District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington is running for the newly created 12th Division of the Second Judicial District Circuit Court Judge seat. Ellington, first elected as Craighead County prosecuting attorney in 2010 and re-elected in 2014 and 2018, is serving his third term as prosecutor.
The new district includes Clay, Craighead, Crittenden, Greene, Mississippi and Poinsett counties. The election will be held with the November 2020 general election. No other candidate has publicly announced for the post.
Ellington pointed to his experience and history of public service as his primary motivation to seek the newly created judgeship.
“I feel my proven record of public service and more than 25 years experience in the circuit court system will allow me to quickly adapt to the new challenges and responsibilities of a Circuit Judge,” Ellington said. “I have developed strong relationships with people from all walks of life in all six counties of the district. I am familiar with the issues facing our communities and I feel that level of connection is important in a judge. As prosecutor, I was a founding partner of the Mental Health Court, Veterans Court and Sobriety Court programs implemented within the district in the last eight years.”
Prior to his election as prosecuting attorney, Scott served as a deputy prosecutor, beginning in 2007. Before joining the prosecutor’s office, Ellington worked in private practice for 15 years, handling a wide variety of litigation.
“In my years of legal experience, I have learned the average citizen has never darkened the doors of the circuit court – unless summoned for jury duty or if supporting a loved one going through divorce. Most people’s main concern is that a judge be fair, honest and impartial. As a circuit judge, I will apply the law to the facts presented, and I will not legislate from the bench.”
Ellington is a Brookland native, and lives in Jonesboro with his wife, Tanya, who is an elementary school teacher. They have three adult children and one grandson.
“As many people know already, I enjoy meeting and talking with folks from across the district. I look forward to hitting the campaign trail and making my case to the voters about why I feel I am a good fit for the Circuit Court,” Ellington added.