Rhonda Wood, 20th Judicial District Circuit Judge, has announced her candidacy for the Arkansas Court of Appeals in District 2, Position 1.

Wood made the announcement Saturday morning at the steps of the Faulkner County Courthouse and provided a written statement.

The Arkansas Court of Appeals "decides cases that impact all Arkansans," Wood’s statement reads.

"These decisions are binding on Arkansas’s lower courts. My history of judicial restraint, fairness, strong values, and common sense equip me to make these important decisions. I believe in consistency in the justice system and value the separation of powers, with judges upholding the law and leaving it to the legislature to write laws.  

"I have worked diligently for four years as your Circuit Judge. Since taking the bench, I have started numerous new programs, obtained new grants, increased revenue, decreased juvenile recidivism, and improved technology. Many of the improvements I initiated are being adopted by courts around the state.  

"I have found my time as Circuit Judge rewarding, so this decision is bittersweet. But I believe I can best serve our State on the Court of Appeals. My variety of experiences uniquely qualify me for this position. I was already a wife and mother when I completed college and went to law school. Since then, I have become a lawyer, a business owner, a law school administrator, a professor and now a judge.  

The Court of Appeals District 2 encompasses 18 counties through central and northern Arkansas.