Crow seeking re-election to circuit judgeship

Friday, March 28, 2014
Gerald "Kent" Crow

BERRYVILLE -- Carroll County Circuit Judge Gerald Kent Crow has announced his candidacy for re-election.

"When voters elected me as circuit judge in 2008, I said I would put the court system back on and I believe I have accomplished that," Crow wrote in a statement. "I would consider it a privilege to continue to serve the people of Carroll County as their circuit judge.

"I have made our court system efficient and accountable by aggressively managing every case from start to finish," Crow wrote. "I have completed 99.6 percent of all the cases within one year from the date they started, which reduces the cost of litigation to the parties involved and to the tax payers of the county."

While serving as circuit judge, he has reduced the court's budget by more than 35 percent and started the program to collect the more than $2 million owed to the county from fines and cost by convicted felons, according to his statement.

"I have continued 'Drug Court' which is a program to reform and rehabilitate substance abusers and reduce the prison population," Crow wrote. "I also work with parents and schools to help children or those who have been abused or neglected."

Crow was born in Berryville. He graduated from San Francisco State University with a bachelor's degree in political science and completed law school at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

Crow is a veteran of the U.S. Army and served two tours in Vietnam. For his service, he was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor and the Purple Heart. He is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association.

After his military service, he returned to Arkansas, and he has since served on the Berryville City Council and as the District Court judge for Carroll County's Eastern District.

As an attorney, he worked as an associate for Mary Ann Gunn in Washington County and for Vowell and Atchley in Berryville. He opened his own law practice in Berryville and worked in criminal law, juvenile law, real estate, domestic relations, probate and trusts.

District Judge Scott Jackson is running against Crow in the election.

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