Fowler kicks-off campaign for District Court Judge
Jonesboro - Circuit Judge Tommy Fowler of Jonesboro has officially kicked-off his candidacy for Craighead County District Judge, position number 2. Judge Fowler seeks the vacancy created by Judge Curt Huckaby's decision to retire at the end of his term. Fowler, a 1988 graduate of Nettleton High School, went on to receive a Bachelor's Degree from Arkansas State University in 1993. While at ASU, he was the recipient of the R.E. Lee Wilson Award - the highest honor bestowed upon one graduating senior of the University across all colleges and disciplines who exemplifies outstanding character, involvement and academic achievement. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas in 1998.
In addition to his own private law practice experience, Fowler has spent the last 15 years as the Craighead County District Court Prosecuting Attorney. He has prosecuted over 20,000 cases, making him one of the most seasoned criminal prosecutors in all of Northeast Arkansas.
Fowler was recently appointed by Governor Asa Hutchinson to fill the unexpired term of Circuit Judge Lee Fergus, who passed away in July. One of the prerequisites of accepting the position is that Fowler is barred from seeking election to that particular Circuit Judgeship. "I am so grateful to Governor Hutchinson for the faith and confidence he placed in me with this appointment," Fowler said. "Combined with my 15 years as the Craighead County District Court prosecuting attorney, with over 20,000 cases under my belt, I now feel I have the unique experience no other candidate has to serve as Craighead County District Judge"
"We are blessed with a lot of really good attorneys in Craighead County. I believe that to sit on the bench requires both courtroom experience and commitment to community service. I have been willing to invest my life and career into gaining that additional experience. I understand this system and judiciary from a perspective that few have had the opportunity to see it; as a prosecutor and as a sitting circuit judge. I think that will prove invaluable to the people of Craighead County if they see fit to elect me as a District Judge."
In addition to his time spent practicing law, Fowler is a tireless advocate for young people in Arkansas. He spent the last 28 years in service to The American Legion Arkansas Boys State Program, dating back 1987 when he was invited to first attend as a student. "My love for the program was entrenched during my delegate year," Fowler said. "The Arkansas Boys State Program is such an incredible organization and a wonderful experience that really makes a difference in the lives of the young men who attend." Fowler now serves as the Director of Boys State, and was inducted into the organization's Hall of Fame in 2007. He has also served as the volunteer attorney coach for Jonesboro High School's Mock Law Team since 2010. He also currently serves at the Juvenile Drug Court Judge in Craighead County.
Apart from his work with area youth, Fowler has been recognized by several other groups and organizations, being named, among other honors, as "2013 Volunteer Attorney of the Year for the 2nd Judicial District by Legal Aid of Arkansas and Arkansas Volunteer Lawyers for the Elderly", and named "Best Attorney" for 2014 by Jonesboro Occasions Magazine. His volunteer service has extended to the National Desert Storm War Memorial Association in Washington, D.C., where he has served as their attorney advisor for the last two years. In 2012, Fowler was appointed to serve on the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Jonesboro graduation class of 2000.
Judge Fowler and his wife Leslie reside in Jonesboro and are members of Blessed Sacrament Church and Southwest Church respectively. Fowler is the grandson of Bud and Lillian Fowler of Manila and Gene and Anabeth Holt of Milligan Ridge and the son of Tommy Fowler and Faye Fowler Haney of Jonesboro. The non-partisan election is scheduled for March 1.