Judge H.G. Foster has announced his candidacy for the 5th Division Circuit Court judgeship in the 20th Judicial District. The 20th District is made up of Faulkner, Van Buren and Searcy counties.

Foster currently serves as circuit judge in the 1st Division of the 20th District Circuit Court. He previously served the 20th District as the elected prosecuting attorney from 1987 through 2006, and then the state of Arkansas as the state special prosecuting attorney through 2012.

Foster has served on the Faulkner County Board of Election Commissioners, the supervisory board of the Arkansas Crime Information Center, and as president of the Arkansas Prosecuting Attorneys Association.

He has taught trial practice and legal ethics to judges, prosecutors and attorneys in Arkansas and across the country. Foster has been active in work to combat domestic violence and currently serves as Gov. Beebe’s appointee to the legislative task force on Abused and Neglected Children. He instituted the Children’s Safe Room at the Faulkner County Courthouse and is the originator of the "Roosevelt, Jr. Project" for sexually abused children. Foster is also a Paul Harris Fellow.

Foster is a 1970 graduate of Conway High School, a 1974 graduate of Hendrix College, a 1977 graduate of UALR School of Law, and a graduate of the Faulkner County Leadership Institute. He is the son of Lillian Foster and the late Jim Foster, has one daughter, Kathleen Foster House, a son-in-law, Samuel House, M.D., and one grandson.