Cody Hiland, R-Conway, has filed for the office of 20th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney.

The 20th Judicial District is composed of Faulkner, Searcy and Van Buren counties.

Hiland, a Southside High School graduate, was raised in Van Buren County. He attended Central Baptist College in Conway, where he currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees. He earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Central Arkansas and a juris doctor from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law. 

Hiland served as a legal and legislative aide to Gov. Mike Huckabee, with a special emphasis as a liaison on law enforcement-related issues.

In a news release, Hiland states that he is "committed to the vigorous enforcement of criminal laws and ensuring that the rights of victims never take a back seat to the criminal element," and that he "believes that this mission can be accomplished while still being accountable for, and transparent with, the people’s money."

"The law enforcement community deserves a prosecutor who will partner with them to ensure that, after risking their lives to bring those who would do harm to justice, the job is finished and the guilty removed from society," the release continues.

"The business community deserves a prosecutor who will be responsive to the needs of those risk-taking entrepreneurs who create jobs and make our economy go — it is time that small businesses had their phone calls returned and their hot checks collected."

Hiland is an attorney with Conway-based firm Hiland, Thomas and Cox PLLC. He and his wife, Jana have four children: Claire, Caitlyn, John Reagan and Ethan.