Snively Seeks Fayetteville District Judge Seat

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Fayetteville lawyer Tim Snively has announced he is running for the Fayetteville District judgeship.

A vacancy was created on the bench with the death in April of Rudy Moore Jr., who died of complications from cancer.

The election is May 20, 2014.

Snively is a University of Arkansas law school graduate and has been a practicing attorney in the state for 16 years, according to a news release this week.

He has sat in as judge during Moore’s absence and said his “goal is to keep the systems in place that Judge Moore established,” according to the release.

(In the photograph accompanying this story, Snively is seen with his wife, Cristi Beaumont, who was elected last year as Circuit Court judge overseeing the Washington County Drug Court.)

Until the election, Gov. Mike Beebe named Fayetteville attorney David Stewart as a temporary replacement for Moore. Beebe named Steward district judge for the Washington County District Court, Fayetteville Department, on May 9.

Stewart will hold the seat until Dec. 31, 2014. He is not allowed to run for that post in next year’s election, said Matt DeCample, the governor’s spokesman.

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

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

Among those also said to be considering a race for the seat are 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.