Judge Charles E. "Ed" Clawson, 61, of Conway, announced that he will be seeking re-election as Third Division Circuit Court Judge for the 20th Judicial District, which is composed of Faulkner, Van Buren and Searcy counties. He has served the district since 1995, and during that time, he had the opportunity to handle all types of cases which appear in Circuit Court, including civil, domestic relations and probate.
Clawson’s duties most recently have concentrated in the area of criminal filings as well as in the Faulkner County Drug Court and the newly created Veteran’s Court.
"I have been greatly honored and have thoroughly enjoyed my opportunity to serve as Circuit Judge for this district," Clawson said. "I am asking the voters for their support to allow me to continue to serve and continue the development and growth of the Drug Court and Veteran’s Court Programs. I feel that in the capacity of Third Division Circuit Court Judge I can make a difference in the community and ask the voters for the opportunity to serve in that role."
Clawson and his wife, Donna, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in December. They have three sons, Chuck, his wife Helen and their two sons, Case and Sam; Grant, his wife Jessica and their daughter, Emory; and Spencer, alll of Conway. He graduated from Conway High School, Hendrix College and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law. He had a private practice and served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney. He was first appointed to the newly created Fourth Division Circuit Judgeship in 1995. He ran for re-election as Third Division Circuit Judge in 1996 and has served in that capacity and was last re-elected in 2008.
Clawson is a member of the Arkansas Judicial Council, the Arkansas Bar Association, Second Baptist Church, a Mason, a member and past president of the Faulkner County Historical Society and a member of the Faulkner County Fair Parade Committee.
"(I) would like to thank the citizens of Faulkner, Van Buren and Searcy counties for the trust thay have placed in (me) to serve the past 18 years as Circuit Judge and would ask for their continued support," he said.