Judge Barbara Elmore announced her intention to seek re-election to the 1st Division Circuit Judgeship in the 23rd Judicial District. The district is comprised of Lonoke County.

Elmore was elected to a six-year term in 2008. Previously she was appointed circuit judge by Governor Mike Beebe in 2007 when a new judgeship was created by the Arkansas Legislature.

“During my tenure as circuit judge, I have presided over civil, probate, domestic, criminal and juvenile cases,” Elmore said. “Most recently my duties have concentrated on juvenile cases (foster children, delinquency and truancy cases) and criminal felony cases. I would like the opportunity to continue the development and growth of our juvenile division. I believe the programs we have put in place have made a difference to our community and I hope the voters of Lonoke County will allow me to continue.”

Elmore received her undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and her law degree from the William Bowen School of Law. An attorney for over 18 years, she began her legal career as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Lonoke County and served as Lonoke District Judge from 2005-2007.

Elmore is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, the Lions Club, the Cabot Civitan Club and previously served as President of the Lonoke County Bar Association. She and her husband, Danny, have been married for 40 years and have one son, Kyle. They attend First United Methodist Church in Lonoke. She is also a member of Community Bible Study.