Joe Don Winningham announces his candidacy for circuit judge of the 20th Judicial District, Division Two, serving Faulkner, Van Buren and Searcy counties.
Winningham is currently a partner in the law firm of Osment & Winningham, PLLC, where his law practice includes the areas of civil, criminal and family law.
Previously, Winningham has served as a deputy prosecutor handling criminal bench and jury trials in Faulkner, Van Buren and Searcy counties. He also has served as a public defender representing criminal defendants.
"If elected I will apply my courtroom experience and unique insight as a deputy prosecutor, public defender and private practicing attorney to preside over cases fairly and diligently to ensure that the rights of all those who appear before me are protected. In both my public service and private practice, I have been committed to being courteous and respectful and would continue to apply these standards as circuit judge."
"We all benefit from judges who are familiar with courtroom procedure and the law, who are committed to treat everyone with respect, and who will apply the law consistently and impartially to the facts of each case. I am honored to offer my experience and training to the people of this district, and I am humbled by the encouragement and support that I have received from many friends and supporters in Faulkner, Van Buren and Searcy counties as I seek this position."
Winningham graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1993 with a bachelor of arts degree and from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1996. He resides in Conway with his wife, Caroline, and their three children.