Thursday, May 15, 2008

You Be the Judge

For Fayetteville voters, the only race on the ballot in next Tuesday's election is a seat on the Arkansas Court of Appeals, but that is more than enough reason to be sure you and all of your friends vote. The candidates are Courtney Henry and Ronald Williams. It is an example of those non-partisan judicial races that everyone thought was so keen that you amended the Arkansas Constitution to take politics out of the election of judges. It didn't work out that way.

This week former Senator
David Pryor and former Congressman John Paul Hammerschmidt hosted a reception for Courtney Henry at the AQ Chicken House here in Fayeteville, and Tim Hutchinson, Ronald Williams' son-in-law, sent out a press release that said, : "Ron Williams has not engaged in partisan politics." Opinionated Columnist John Brummet had a piece about this campaign last month, and he revisits the contest today with a column in The Morning News about how important his previous column was in the shaping the campaign. It does pull back the curtain on the charade of non-partisan judicial elections.

In addition to the support of Pryor and Hammerschmidt, Courtney Henry has been endorsed for good reasons by The Morning News and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Ronald Williams has been endorsed by Jim Holt, who was paid for his services, and Asa Hutchinson, uncle of his law partner.

There is no excuse not to vote in this election. It is important.

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