Conway native and attorney Jackie Wright announced her candidacy for the office of Faulkner County Justice of the Peace in District 5.

“As your future Justice of the Peace, I will provide transparency and accessibility to all Faulkner County residents. I will bring innovative ideas and a new perspective to the Quorum Court,” Wright said in a statement. “I look forward to meeting and advocating for the needs of those in District 5. Join our campaign and help make a real difference in Faulkner County.”

Wright was born and raised in Conway. An honor graduate from Conway High School, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business from Hendrix College.

While at Hendrix, Wright was president of the Pre-Law Society and a member of the Disciplinary Panel.

Her interest in law led her to the William H. Bowen School of Law.

As a Bowen Scholar, Jackie served on the regional board of the Black Law Students Association, and she was voted the most outstanding student of her law fraternity (Region 2), Delta Theta Phi.

After graduating as an Honor Marshall in law school, she successfully passed the Arkansas bar in 2003.

Wright began her legal career as a law clerk for the Arkansas Court of Appeals.

She has since dedicated her legal skills to public service, working as a public defender in the Pulaski County Public Defender Office and currently working as a Capital, Conflicts Attorney at the Arkansas Public Defender Commission.

In her current position, she devotes herself to the defense of indigent defendants when the death penalty is being sought.

In furtherance of her commitment to public service, Jackie has also served as an adjunct professor at Hendrix and Philander Smith Colleges where she taught classes in Business Law.

She is currently teaching as an adjunct professor at Central Baptist College in Conway.

Jackie’s professional associations include but are not limited to the Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Arkansas Bar, the W. Harold Flowers Law Society, and the Judge Henry Woods Inn of the Court.

She is a member of the 2004 Class of the Faulkner County Leadership Institute, and she served as a Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) board member from 2005-2006.

Wright has been actively involved in her Property’s Owner’s Association, including serving as the President for two years.

She is currently a member of ACTS church in Conway, where she serves as an usher and a member of the media team.

Wright was brought up in her family’s church, Mt. Gale Baptist Church, where she was a member prior to joining ACTS church.

Her passion is helping others, especially the youth. She currently serves as a mentor and board member of Young Empowered Sisters (Y.E.S.) in Faulkner County and as a volunteer with Lessons for Life. YES and Lessons for Life both focus on impacting the youth through mentoring programs.

Wright has served as a volunteer and speaker at the William H. Bowen School of Law, local churches and primary and secondary schools. She has volunteered at Toad Suck Daze and the Conway Police Department Child Safety Fair.

Jackie’s determination, dedication and natural ability to be a leader will make her an asset to the Quorum Court.

"When you vote, make the 'Wright' choice, and elect Jackie Wright to be the next Faulkner County Justice of the Peace in District 5," she said.