Ritchey announces for Circuit Judge

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Dan Ritchey of Blytheville is formally announcing that he is a candidate for Circuit Judge in the May, 2014 non-partisan election.

He is seeking to fill the Second Judicial District, Division 10 position currently held by Judge Larry Boling, who is not expected to seek reelection. The Second Judicial District consists of six counties -- Clay, Craighead, Crittenden, Greene, Poinsett, and Mississippi.

Ritchey has been engaged in a very broad and general law practice for 33 years, including several years in association with Chuck Banks. He has served as Mississippi County Civil Attorney for 20 years and continues to serve in this capacity. His legal experience has included almost all of the legal issues and procedures that are addressed in circuit court.

Ritchey received his law degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Bowen School of Law. He also received a Masters Degree in Management from University of Arkansas, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from Arkansas State University.

Ritchey served in the U.S. Army. During his service in Viet Nam, he was awarded the Bronze Star (Meritorious Achievement) and the Army Commendation Medal (Meritorious Achievement). Following active duty service, he served eight years in the U.S. Army Active Reserve.

Prior to attending law school, Ritchey worked as Personnel Manager for Cotner Bevington Corporation and Randall Company in Blytheville.

He is married to his college sweetheart, Laurie Ritchey, and they have two children and five grandchildren.

Ritchey has been very active in service to the community. He is a member and past president of the Blytheville Lions Club; member and past president of the Chamber of Commerce; and was a past president of the Blytheville United Way. He currently serves as Vice-Chairman of Arkansas Northeastern College Board of Trustees and Chairman of the Blytheville First United Methodist Church Perpetual Trust.

Ritchey has a good history of a strong work ethic and dedication to helping others, and he pledges to continue to apply his belief in the principles of hard work, preparation, respect, integrity, and fairness in fulfilling the very important duties of a circuit judge.

Ritchey is confident that his education, demeanor, and his military, industrial, and legal experience will be beneficial to the public in service as a circuit judge.

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