Circuit Judge David L. Reynolds of Conway won the race for District Court Position 1 against opponent Mike Murphy with 5,919 votes (58 percent) to Murphy’s 4,294.

"I know Mike worked really, really hard. If he had won, he would have deserved it," Reynolds said Tuesday night. "Mike and I can both hold our heads up and I think we’ve proven that you can run a race without being negative. We’ll be closer friends now than we were when we began."

Reynolds, 57, is a Conway native. He holds an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Central Arkansas and is a graduate of the Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. He is also a graduate of the National Judicial College and the Faulkner County Leadership Institute. Reynolds was first elected in 1990. He served 17 months as the district’s first juvenile judge beginning in 1989 and also served the district as chief deputy prosecuting attorney from 1987-89. He was previously in private law practice and a real estate broker.

Reynolds and his wife, Mitzi Shaw Reynolds, have two adult children and one grandchild. Reynolds is a son of the Rev. G. David and Janus Reynolds of Conway.

Reynolds said starting tomorrow, he plans to begin picking up campaign signs. "I hate it when people leave those signs laying all around," Reynolds said. "Then I think Mitzi and I are going to take a little time this weekend and go out of town. When we get back, I’ll get with Mike (Murphy) and Amy (Brazil) and the clerks at the municipal and district courts and plan a course of action. A lot of things need to be done in the next six months."

In the race for the Position 2 seat, District Court Judge Amy Brazil held a slim lead in Faulkner County over opponent Susan Weaver, but as of press time, critical precincts, including those from Weaver’s hometown of Clinton in Van Buren County, had not reported any final results.

Unofficial results for Faulkner County showed Brazil ahead with 5,451 votes (53) to Weaver’s 4,902.

(Megan Reynolds is the staff writer and can be reached at 505-1277 or by e-mail at To comment on this story and others, visit