Circuit Judge Rhonda Wood brushed aside opponent Mitch Cash with ease Tuesday in a lopsided race for the District 2, Position 2 seat on the Arkansas Court of Appeals.

Wood of Conway

collected 80 percent of the votes in her landslide nonpartisan victory in the Faulkner County preferential primary election.

Unofficial results showed Wood with 7,309 votes and Cash with 1,788. Cash is from Pindall.

Wood will be sworn in on Jan. 1, 2013.

"I am very humbled by the results," Wood said on Tuesday night. "The numbers have been very large and it is just really humbling to feel that people trust in me to do the job."

Wood and her husband, Dr. Michael Wood, have four children.

Wood formerly had a private law practice in Conway, was an associate at Williams & Anderson in Little Rock, and was Assistant Dean at the Bowen School of Law prior to taking the bench five years ago.

She has been active in the Arkansas Bar Association, serving as a six-year delegate to the House, committee chair, liaison to the Legislature, contributor to several books, and has received many honors around the state for her service to the bar and her scholarship.

Wood received her B.A. from Hendrix, magna cum laude, and her law degree from the Bowen School of Law, with highest honors, as well as receiving the top score on the Arkansas Bar Exam. She was selected as one of Arkansas Business’ "Forty Under Forty" young achievers, as well as the Arkansas Business and Professional Women’s Elected Official of the Year.

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