Judge Bruce Anderson has announced his intention to seek election as District Judge for Bradley and Drew counties in the 2016 election to be held on March 1, 2016.
He has served 10 years as Bradley County District Judge. In 2014, the Arkansas Legislature changed the district judgeship to a full time position.
“I have enjoyed serving as District Judge because it allows me to have a positive impact on people’s lives,” Anderson said. “For the last 10 years I have presided over a variety of cases as Bradley County District Judge that range from traffic violations, domestic issues, criminal and drug cases. I feel my experience, not only in the courtroom, but in my legal practice as well, makes me a natural choice for this important position.
“If elected, I would like to create a workable program to assist victims of domestic violence,” Anderson said. “By reaching out to both private and public agencies we might be able to help break the chain of physical and psychological abuse that so often destroys families.
“I would also work with the county judges and mayors to institute a program to help collect old fines,” Anderson said. “Fines are an important source of revenue for our cities and counties and those that are unpaid, if collected, could be used to improve our local infrastructures and impact our quality of life.”
Judge Anderson has had a general law practice for 33 years. During that time, he also served as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the 10th Judicial District for 15 years and worked closely with law enforcement by advising them how to investigate cases and assisted in the preparation of search warrants.
Judge Anderson has served as president of the Southeast Arkansas Legal Institute and as a law clerk and Special Master for the Pulaski County Circuit Court. He was appointed to the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Criminal Practice and served for six years. He was also elected to serve as a member of the House of Delegates of the Arkansas Bar Association. The House of Delegates is the governing body of the Arkansas Bar Association.
An active member of his community, Judge Anderson has served as president of the Warren Rotary Club, the Bradley County Historical Museum, Warren Community Theater, and the Bradley County Chamber of Commerce. He has worked with the Community Evaluation Planning Committee, the Warren/Bradley County Teamwork Arkansas Committee, and the Southeast Arkansas Community Based Education Center for Vo-Tech and Adult Education. He has been chairman of the Warren Christmas Parade and is currently a member of the Southeast Arkansas Concert Association.
Judge Anderson has been married to the former Lou Anne Ederington, a native of Warren, for 35 years. He and his wife are members of First United Methodist Church where he has served as Lay Leader and Chairman of the Finance Committee and the Administrative Council.