Circuit Judge Amy Brazil has announced her candidacy for the 1st Division Circuit Court judgeship in the 20th judicial district. The 20th district is composed of Faulkner, Van Buren and Searcy counties.

"I am excited to announce that I will be a candidate for Circuit Court," Brazil said. "I have been honored to serve as a judge since July of 2010, and I humbly ask for your support next May. "

Brazil has been an effective judge in a very short period of time. She started the Sobriety Court in Faulkner County District Court, and currently presides over Teen Court and Juvenile Drug Court. She has had the opportunity to hear various cases including civil, criminal, juvenile and traffic.

She has been a guest speaker at the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Citizens Academy, and presiding judge in the Moot Court Competition for Arkansas High School Students. Brazil is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, Central Baptist Church, PEO, and Conway Kiwanis. She previously served on the following Boards or Counsels: Arkansas District Court Judicial Counsel, Bethlehem House, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Faulkner County Council on Aging, and Community Service, Inc.

Judge Brazil is a 1985 graduate of Conway High School, a 1989 graduate of Hendrix College, a 1992 graduate of University of Arkansas School of Law, and a graduate of the Faulkner County Leadership Institute.

She is the 46-year-old daughter of Bill and Suzanne Roberts Brazil of Conway.

"If elected to remain on the bench, I will objectively listen to all parties and apply the law in a fair and consistent manner," continued Brazil. "I want everyone that walks into the courtroom to feel welcomed; I will continue to treat all parties with respect and courtesy."