On Tuesday, Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Ashley Parker announced that he will be a candidate for Circuit Judge District 23, 2nd Division.

This seat was held by Judge Phillip Whiteaker until he won his election for the Arkansas Court of Appeals. Judge Will Feland is filling the position for the two years that remained on Judge Whiteaker’s term. Judge Feland was appointed by Mike Beebe to fill that position.

"My family and I are excited to announce my candidacy for Circuit Judge," Parker said. "I feel that public service is an honor and duty."

"I have spent over a decade in the courtroom serving the public, and I know the issues facing judges and our communities."

"I believe I have the experience and integrity to be a fair and impartial circuit court judge."

Parker graduated from Carlisle High School in 1992. He is a graduate of UALR with a double major in Criminal Justice and Political Science. In 2000, Parker graduated law school from the William H. Bowen School of Law.

Parker is no stranger to hard work. While in college, he worked on the family farm. In May 2002, he left the family farm to go to work for Lona McCastlain as a Deputy Prosecutor in Lonoke County.

In August 2006, he and his family moved to Nashville and worked as a Deputy Prosecutor in the 8th Judicial District North, which included Hempstead (Hope) and Nevada (Prescott) counties for Randy Wright. He then worked as Chief Deputy Prosecutor for Chris Thomason from January 2007 until July 2008.

In August 2008, Governor Mike Beebe appointed Parker the Elected Prosecuting Attorney for the 8th Judicial District North. He served as Prosecuting Attorney until December 2010.

In 2011, Parker returned home to Lonoke County. He currently serves as chief deputy for Prosecuting Attorney Chuck Graham.

Parker is married to Amy (Highfill), and they have two sons. He is a member of Hamilton United Methodist Church in Carlisle. He helps to coach Little Dribblers basketball for 3 and 4 year olds, and he helps to coach T-Ball, also. He is a member of the Lonoke County Bar.