Governor Names David Stewart to Fayetteville Judgeship

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Gov. Mike Beebe on Thursday (May 9) named Fayetteville attorney David Stewart to replace Rudy Moore Jr. as district judge for the Washington County District Court, Fayetteville Department.

Moore died in April of complications from cancer.

Stewart is set to be sworn in Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the Washington County Circuit Court in Judge William Storey’s courtroom, officials said.

Stewart will hold the seat until Dec. 31, 2014, according to a news release from the governor’s office.

Matt DeCample, spokesman for the governor, has said the appointee is not allowed to run for that post in the election next spring.

The winning candidate will be sworn in at the beginning of January 2015.

Candidates in the May 20, 2014, election are not allowed to declare their candidacy until a year before election day, said David Sachar, executive director of the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission.

Among those said to be considering a race for the seat are Fayetteville attorney Tim Snively, Washington County Justice of the Peace Eva Madison and City Prosecutor Casey Jones.

A candidate’s campaign committee cannot begin raising campaign contributions until six months before the election, Sachar said. Judicial candidates cannot directly solicit contributions, but instead must rely on the members of their campaign committee to raise money for them, he said.