Doralee Idleman Chandler has announced her candidacy for the 20th Judicial District Fifth Division Circuit Judge position.

The division hears both juvenile and civil cases. Judge Rhonda Wood vacated the seat when she was elected to the state Court of Appeal.

"As a mother of three young children, I understand the importance of the juvenile court system," she said. "This division is the perfect blend to match my experience. The juvenile cases will allow me the opportunity to give back to the community by working with the youth and assisting in molding them into responsible adults while the civil docket allows me the opportunity to continue dealing with cases I have had years of experience in handling in private practice.

"I seek the opportunity to work diligently for the citizens of Faulkner, Van Buren and Searcy counties as a circuit judge," she said.

Chandler said she wants to restore the Teen Court program and provide drug education in local schools. She also wants increased funding for the Juvenile Drug Court program.

She is an associate with the law firm of Matthews, Sanders & Sayes in Little Rock. She received her bachelor’s degree from University of Central Arkansas and was a graduate of Vilonia High School. She is married to Jeff Chandler, a deputy prosecuting attorney and a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserves - JAG Corp. They have three young children and are active members of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Conway, where she serves as a Eucharistic minister.

"I ask that the voters of Faulkner, Van Buren and Searcy counties choose to allow me to fight for justice and the integrity of this district. It is my desire to uphold the law while treating everyone fairly. I have faith in the residents of the 20th District and believe that when they evaluate their choices that they will make the right decision regarding who should serve them in the 5 Division juvenile/civil position, overseeing the youth and civil cases, for many years to come."