Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Carol Crews announced her candidacy for Prosecuting Attorney for the 20th Judicial District. The position is currently held by Cody Hiland who was recently appointed U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

Crews has been a full-time deputy prosecuting attorney for 10 years and is currently Chief Deputy Prosecutor in Hiland’s 20th Judicial District office. She began her legal career as a deputy prosecutor in juvenile court and later prosecuted general crimes in circuit court, ranging from burglary to armed robbery to murder. Crews joined the 20th District office in 2011 and was later promoted to Senior Trial attorney and then to Chief Deputy. She primarily handles homicides, violent and sexual cases, and crimes against children as well as overseeing a team of attorneys and staff. Crews has also participated in drug court and teen court.

“It has been an honor to serve the people of Faulkner, Van Buren and Searcy counties,” Crews said. “Our office has the reputation of being tough on repeat, violent, and sexual offenders, as well as being dedicated to being ethical and fair. We strive to seek justice, not merely win cases. This is a legacy I look forward to continuing for the people of the 20th District. I have prosecuted some of the worst crimes committed in this community and consider it a privilege to stand up for those who cannot defend themselves. As your Prosecuting Attorney, I will continue to work tirelessly to hold criminals accountable and keep our community safe.”

“[She] is tough, she’s talented, she’s ethical and she understands this office exists to seek justice for our victims, not to feel sorry for criminals who prey on our community,” he said. “She was born to be a prosecuting attorney.” - Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland told the Log Cabin Democrat in May 2017

Crews lives in Conway with her husband, Jordan, and their son, Jackson. She graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in History and Spanish. She has a Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas Bowen School of Law. She is active in her church, Fellowship Bible Church, where she volunteers in the Children’s ministry.

The election is non-partisan and will take place May 22, 2018. If elected, Crews will be the first woman to ever hold this office in the 20th Judicial District.