Bentonville attorney Christine Horwart announced her candidacy Wednesday (July 24) for a newly created Circuit Court judgeship in the state’s 19th West Judicial District (Benton County).
Horwart is the first candidate to announce for the new division. The nonpartisan election will be held March 3, 2020.
The Arkansas General Assembly created a seventh division to respond to the population increase in Benton County. The 19th West Judicial District currently has six Circuit Court Judges — Robin Green, Brad Karren, Thomas E. Smith. John R. Scott, Xollie Duncan and Doug Schrantz.
Horwart has been an attorney for 25 years. Her civil law practice focuses on domestic relations law and trial practice but she has handled a variety of cases in her career, according to a news release.
“Some of my best days are when I help families adopt children, transforming everybody’s lives,” Horwart said in the release. “I love that our legal process can build families and provide stability to children.
“My clients are hardworking people who deserve a fair opportunity to be heard from an impartial judge. And that’s what I will strive to be every single day.”
Horwart’s announcement including voices of support from Rogers police officer Scott Clifton, former Drug Court Judge Mary Ann Gunn, Roxy Ruth of Bella Vista and Melody Martens of Bentonville.
“I’m looking for the law and order judicial candidate who understands the growing threats in our community, and also one who understands that our justice system must move swiftly and efficiently,” Clifton said. “Christine fits that perfectly.”
Horwart is married to Bentonville attorney Paul Davidson.