Conway City Attorney Mike Murphy, 53, has announced his candidacy for circuit judge of the 20th Judicial District, Division 1, serving Faulkner, Van Buren and Searcy Counties. Division 1 is an open seat, with no elected incumbent.
"The people of this district deserve a voice and a choice in this race. Ultimately, the people should weigh the experience and qualifications of those who would serve in our judiciary in Arkansas," Murphy said. "Society benefits from electing a judge possessing great character and integrity and with the most experience in the law."
Murphy has served as Conway’s city attorney for over 22 years, having been first elected in 1990 and subsequently reelected to five terms.
"If elected, I pledge to be fair, courteous, diligent and effective in dealing with the public, litigants and the attorneys and staff that work with our judicial system," he said.
In addition to prosecuting city misdemeanor and ordinance violations in district court, Murphy currently represents Conway in state and federal lawsuits and appeals, while advising the mayor, council and various city departments and commissions.
Murphy attended Conway Public Schools and graduated from Conway High School in 1979. He attended the University of Central Arkansas and the University of Arkansas, receiving a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas in 1983 with high honors. Murphy received his law degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville in 1986 and served as law clerk for the United States Magistrate Judge in Springfield, Missouri.
After opening a private law practice in Conway in 1988, he served as deputy prosecuting attorney for the 20th Judicial District in Faulkner, Van Buren and Searcy counties. Murphy has served as a special judge in both municipal and circuit court and has taught government courses at the University of Central Arkansas.
Murphy represents Faulkner and Van Buren counties in the Arkansas Bar Association House of Delegates. He is a board member for the Conway Public Schools Foundation, the Faulkner County Museum Commission and serves on the Little Rock Air Force Base Community Council and Community Action for Domestic Violence Awareness. Murphy is a member of the Arkansas and Faulkner County Bar Associations and is a past-president and current member of the Arkansas City Attorneys Association. A graduate of the Faulkner County Leadership Institute, he has served on several local non-profit community boards.
Murphy is a member of the First United Methodist Church and the father of three children: Katherine, 17; Sarah, 13 and Jackson, 12.