Judge Billy J. Hubbell, the Ashley County district judge for the Crossett department, has announced his candidacy for the newly created District Court 26 which will encompass both the Crossett and Hamburg departments.
A new state law created District Court 26 combining the Crossett and Hamburg departments and served by one judge. The non-partisan judicial election to fill this new full-time position will be held on March 1, 2016.
Hubbell, of Crossett, has served as Ashley County district judge for the Crossett department since 1991.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the people of Crossett and Ashley County for the past 25 years, and I will continue to provide fair and impartial justice for the citizens of Ashley County,” Hubbell said in a news release announcing his candidacy.
A native of Grady, Hubbell is a graduate of Grady High School, the University of Central Arkansas, and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law. He is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association and has served in its house of delegates.
Hubbell is a member and past president of the Southeast Arkansas Legal Institute. He has served as a deputy prosecuting attorney in Lincoln and Ashley counties, and has served as a juvenile judge in Desha County.
Hubbell also served in the United States Army Reserve, and was honorably discharged in 1976. He is a member of First Baptist Church of Crossett. Hubbell has served on the board of the Crossett Boys and Girls Club, and has coached T-ball , youth basketball, and youth baseball.
Hubbell is married to Judy Webb Hubbell, a Drew County native and the Fordyce High School principal. They live in Crossett, and have two adult children and three grandchildren. Their daughter, Jennifer Hubbell Plunkett, is a registered nurse who lives in Lindale, Texas with her husband, Raymond Plunkett, and their children, Madison and Carson Plunkett. Their son, Griffin Hubbell, is a United States Army combat veteran of Afghanistan, and currently serves as a sergeant in the Arkansas National Guard while he attends college on the GI Bill at the UAM College of Technology in Crossett. He has a 5-month-old son, Hunter Hubbell, of Crossett.