Benton attorney Brent Standridge announces his candidacy for District Court Judge, Division One, which includes all of Saline County and Alexander. The nonpartisan general judicial election occurs March 3, 2020.
Brent has 34 years of legal experience, having received his degrees from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville (B.A. 1983, J.D. 1985).
He was Saline County Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney from 1997-2002 and a Special Prosecuting Attorney. He is the Chief/Managing Public Defender for Saline County and has been with that office since 2008. Brent is also on the Saline County DWI Court.
Brent was appointed as District Judge of North Little Rock by Governor Huckabee from 2003-2004 and to serve as Special Justice of the Supreme Court of Arkansas three times during 2003-2007. He has also served as Special Judge for the Saline County District and Circuit Courts, and as volunteer judge for the Saline County Teen Court Program.
Brent began his legal career as Arkansas Assistant Attorney General in the criminal justice/appeals division during 1986-1997, receiving a distinguished public service recognition for his service.
He owned and operated the Law Offices of J. Brent Standridge, P.A., during the years of 2004-2018, representing clients from his office in Downtown Benton. He also served as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Bryant prosecuting cases in District Court.
Brent was Commissioner of the Arkansas Sentencing Commission from 2005-2019, having been appointed to that position by Governors Huckabee, Beebe, and Hutchinson. In 2014 he was appointed by the Justices to serve on the Criminal Practice Committee of the Supreme Court of Arkansas.
Brent has recently served as Special Counsel to the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission. A certified law enforcement instructor and legal educator, Brent has taught law enforcement officers, attorneys, judges, students, concealed carry handgun applicants, and others on various legal topics.
Brent is married to Lori Standridge and they have two children, Paige Anderson Shields (married to Bradley Shields) and Trevor who attends Benton High School. They are members of the First United Methodist Church in Benton.
This judicial election is to be held on March 3, 2020.