Larry Boling of Jonesboro has filed as a candidate for circuit judge, Division 10, of the Second Judicial District. The Division 10 judgeship was established by Act 1186 of 2001.
Boling filed under the alternate Ballot Access method by gathering and filing with the Secretary of State over 4,100 petition signatures of registered voters of the circuit. The Second Judicial Circuit includes Clay, Greene, Craighead, Poinsett, Crittenden and Mississippi counties.
Boling is a lifelong resident of Craighead County. He is a 1962 graduate of Dixie High School, a 1966 graduate of Arkansas State University, a 1969 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Law, and a 1988 graduate of American Bankers Association National Graduate Trust School conducted at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.
After graduation from law school, Boling served two years in the United States Army, attaining the rank of captain. He is a Vietnam War veteran with service from July 1970 to May 1971. Upon leaving the Army service in 1971, he returned to Jonesboro to practice law.
He is licensed to practice law in all state courts, the United States Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.
In addition to his 23 years of practicing law, Boling has over seven years experience in trust banking services. He is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association and the Craighead County Bar Association. He has served as president of the Craighead County association.
"My combined 32 years of military duty, banking experience and law practice have provided me a firm foundation for solving problems while working with people who have conflicting interests," Boling emphasized.
"While a legal officer with an engineer brigade in Vietnam and serving as defense counsel in Special Court-Martial Trials, I was charged with the duty of balancing the rights of the accused against damage to the unit's war effort.
"In banking my experience in administering corporate trust, personal trust, guardianship estates and decedent's estates sharpended my skill in making decisions concerning the conflicting interest of competing beneficiaries.
"In my law practice, representing clients from a wide range of economic strata, interest and circumstances has given me a broad understanding and empathy for the daily problems and issues confront the average citizen."
In addition to practicing law, involvement in civic organizations and active participation in his children's activities have been priorities for Boling. He is a member of the Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce, the Kiwanis Club of Jonesboro, and the American Legion Post 21.
Boling has served as Kiwanis Club president, vice president and secretary. He is a member of the board of directors of Children and Youth Services Properties, Inc., and is currently serving as its chairman. He has been active in the Craighead County Soccer Association and served that organization as treasurer for three years and coach of his son's youth soccer team for four years.
Boling and the former Carolyn Kueter of Paragould have been married for 31 years. She is the librarian at Westside High School. They have three children -- Dr. Carrie Boling Hunter, age 26, a physician in her first year of medical residency; David, age 21, a senior at Arkansas State University; and John, age 16, a junior at Westside High School.
Boling has been an active member of Trinity Missionary Baptist Church for more than 40 years and is currently serving his 16th year as church treasurer. In addition, he is training service director and leader for the Young Adult Training Service Class.
"Our courts are busy, and judges must work hard," Boling noted. "They must deal with ever increasing workloads. They must have organizational and motivational skills to keep the many different people and cases moving efficiently and fairly within the court system. They must be internally motivated to carry out the responsibilities of the bench diligently and efficiently. My background demonstrates my work ethic, management skills and conscientiousness in both job and volunteer activities."
Boling is committed to love of God, family and country. He believes judges should have good moral character and integrity. Boling said a judge should have "heart for justice" -- the burning desire to do not only what is right and fair within the limits of the law but to do what is right and fair under the circumstances.
Boling concluded, "The work of the Circuit Court is essential to the continued success of our system of justice. A judgeship is a position of public trust and serious responsibility. A judge holds a public and private trust to do what is legally right, fair and just without any element of bias, prejudice or self-interest.
"A judge has a corresponding duty to take seriously the responsibility assumed in making decisions concerning life, liberty and property of a free people."
Boling voiced that his background, education, and work experience have qualified him to serve as circuit judge.
Jayni and Ron Blackburn, 1825 Greenwood, Jonesboro, 72401, will serve as treasurers of the Boling for Circuit Judge Committee.