NEWS: 56 County Judges from Across Arkansas Endorse Mike Ross for Governor

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, ARK. – Three-fourths of the state’s 75 county judges endorsed Mike Ross for Governor on Friday saying he understands local government and will focus on policy rather than politics.  The group of 56 county judges from across the state joins 64 of the state’s 75 county sheriffs in endorsing Ross’s bid for Governor.  Ross, of Prescott, who now resides in Little Rock, is a former small business owner and previously served on the Nevada County Quorum Court and in the State Senate and U.S. Congress. 

Judges Endorse Ross

“As a former Quorum Court member and state senator, Mike Ross knows the importance of local government and understands the needs and challenges we face on a daily basis,” said Judge Mike Jacobs of Johnson County. “We are proud to endorse Mike Ross for Governor, because nobody works harder or is more accessible and willing to listen than Mike Ross. He doesn't care what party you're from – he’s always been focused on getting the job done. He'll work with county judges and quorum courts all over this state to make Arkansas an even better place to live.” 

Ross said he knows the important work county judges do across this state and he is proud so many of them are backing his campaign.  

“I cut my teeth on the Nevada County Quorum Court, so I know and believe in the importance of local government and local control,” said Ross.  “I’m proud to have the support of three-fourths of state’s county judges and 64 of the state’s 75 county sheriffs.  When I’m elected governor, my door will always be open to listen to their concerns, and, together, we will improve our infrastructure, create more private-sector jobs and make our communities stronger.  I have a proven history of putting solutions over politics, and I want to use my experience of bringing people together to unite this state and move Arkansas forward.”

Here is the complete list of county judges who have endorsed Mike Ross for Governor:

1. Arkansas County Judge Sonny Cox

2. Ashley County Judge Dennis Holland, Sr.

3. Bradley County Judge Keith Neely

4. Calhoun County Judge Floyd Nutt

5. Carroll County Judge Sam Barr

6. Chicot County Judge Mack Ball, Jr.

7. Clark County Judge Ron Daniell

8. Clay County Judge Gary Howell

9. Cleveland County Judge Gary Spears

10. Columbia County Judge Larry D. Atkinson

11. Conway County Judge Jimmy Hart

12. Craighead County Judge Ed Hill

13. Crawford County Judge John Hall

14. Crittenden County Judge Woody Wheeless

15. Dallas County Judge Jimmy Jones

16. Desha County Judge Roy Rogers

17. Drew County Judge Robert Akin

18. Faulkner County Judge Allen Dodson

19. Franklin County Judge Janet Powell

20. Fulton County Judge Jim Bicker

21. Grant County Judge Kemp Nall

22. Greene County Judge Jerry Shipman

23. Hempstead County Judge Wallace Martin

24. Hot Spring County Judge Bill Scrimshire

25. Izard County Judge David Sherrell

26. Jackson County Judge Jeff Phillips

27. Jefferson County Judge Dutch King

28. Johnson County Judge Mike Jacobs

29. Lafayette County Judge Joe Sanders

30. Lawrence County Judge Dale Freeman

31. Lee County Judge Jim Keasler

32. Lincoln County Judge Sam Stephens

33. Little River County Judge Clayton Castleman

34. Logan County Judge Gus Young

35. Mississippi County Judge Randy L. Carney

36. Monroe County Judge Larry Taylor

37. Montgomery County Judge Alvin Black

38. Nevada County Judge Mark Glass

39. Perry County Judge Baylor House

40. Phillips County Judge Don Gentry

41. Pike County Judge Don Baker

42. Poinsett County Judge Charles Nix

43. Pope County Judge Jim Ed Gibson

44. Prairie County Judge Mike Skarda

45. Pulaski County Judge Buddy Villines

46. Randolph County Judge David Jansen

47. Scott County Judge James Forbes

48. Sevier County Judge Greg Ray

49. Sharp County Judge Larry Brown

50. St. Francis County Judge Gary Hughes

51. Stone County Judge Stacey Avey

52. Union County Judge Mike Loftin

53. Van Buren County Judge Roger Hooper

54. Washington County Judge Marilyn Edwards

55. Woodruff County Judge Charles Dallas

56. Yell County Judge Mark Thone


Ross has previously been endorsed by Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe; 64 of the state’s 75 county sheriffs; the Arkansas Professional Fire Fighters; former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Wesley Clark (ret.); former FEMA Director James Lee Witt; the Arkansas Timber Producers Association; the Southern States Millwright Regional Council and the Central South Carpenters Regional Council, affiliates that represent more than 10,000 carpenters; and, numerous business owners, elected officials, community leaders, working families and seniors around the state. 


For a complete list of endorsements or more information about Mike’s campaign for governor, visit




Mike Ross, of Prescott, Ark., is a fifth-generation and lifelong Arkansan who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor of Arkansas.  He is the son of public school educators and a former small business owner, state senator and U.S. Congressman.  Mike has two grown children and now lives in Little Rock with his wife, Holly.  To learn more about the campaign, visit or follow the campaign on Facebook at


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