Jim Hensley announces his candidacy for the position of Prosecuting Attorney for Faulkner, Van Buren and Searcy counties.
"I have the experience to represent you as Prosecutor," he said. "I have been in the law business for 30 years as a police officer, juvenile probation officer, city attorney, prosecuting attorney, judge, ad litem attorney and now candidate for office."
Hensley is in his 19th year as a licensed attorney.
"Our families, pillars of education, retirees, and business owners and citizens deserve and demand a Prosecuting Attorney who has the experience to serve our community with strength, dignity, and honor — a Prosecutor who has the experience to do the job," he said. "I’m not a politician. This is my first run. I haven’t been appointed by a Governor. I won’t have this position because my boss was appointed to another government job.
"One does not become Prosecutor because it’s your turn. You have to earn it. I’m not an inside guy. I’m a simple guy who goes to work every day serving others."
Henlsey was born in Conway. He set up his law practice almost two decades ago.
"I have worked diligently for more than 5,000 clients and 15,000 cases throughout Arkansas and the mid-south. I offer fresh ideas on how to serve and ensure the problems of the day are under control," he said. "I am a team player who covets the ideas of those with whom I am honored to serve."
Hensley said he’s been in every part of the legal system and knows the players.
"I’m able to start day one. As an attorney, my job requires that I stay current on the cutting edge of the law," he said. "I try cases to juries in the State and Federal Courts. I fight. I do not shy away from the lawbreaker.
"Those folks will fear me and my team. I have dozens of appeals under my belt. I help families avoid divorce when possible and ensure the children are considered when working as an ad litem attorney.
"I represent clients in the criminal system. As a City Attorney and Prosecuting Attorney, I serve people who need protection from lawbreakers and ensure, with city counsels, that our government is running properly. I have been a Prosecutor for many years.
"In short, I have all the tools necessary to do this job. If your only tool is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. If all a prosecutor has is the ability to put people in jail or make deals we do a disservice to our community. Prosecutors are up against very qualified defense attorneys.
"We need to make sure the Prosecutor is as qualified. I am. No other candidate has my experience and ability."
Hensley said he will meet with "school kids, mothers, dads and leaders" to learn their position.
"I will make use of diversionary options such as counseling and training. I will incarcerate the folks who need it," he said.
For more information, visit www.jimhensley.com.