Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Troy Braswell of Conway has announced his candidacy this week for circuit judge for the 20th Judicial District. He is running for the position currently held by Judge Mike Maggio. The 20th District covers Faulkner, Searcy and Van Buren counties.

"For six years now I have been honored to serve the people of Arkansas as a deputy prosecuting attorney. I have worked hard to protect families and the community as a whole by prosecuting tough cases and keeping criminals off our streets. At the same time, I have been fair while upholding the law. I believe that it is vital that our community has circuit judges who use this approach along with traditional Arkansas values while upholding the law. Therefore, I am running for circuit judge for the 20th Judicial District in May 2014. I humbly ask for your support and assistance," Braswell said.

"I have a long record of successfully prosecuting violent sex offenders, gang members and other violent offenders who jeopardize our community’s safety and integrity. I believe my hard work and experience serving as a judicial law clerk, private attorney and deputy prosecuting attorney provide me with the right qualifications and perspectives for this position," Braswell said.

Braswell is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law School. He also has a masters degree in Public Administration from UALR. He has been a law clerk/assistant to retired Justice Jim Gunter of the Arkansas Supreme Court and a law clerk for Pulaski County judges. He has also worked as a private attorney before serving as a deputy prosecutor.

Braswell is married to Karla Braswell. The couple is expecting their second child in November.