Mary Ann Allen

Mary Ann Allen, the Desha County judge’s assistant, has announced her candidacy for Desha County judge in the May Democratic Primary. As a life-long resident of McGehee, Allen says she has vested interest in the county and believes she can make a difference.

“Because I have been in Desha County all of my life, I see and know the challenges that our rural community faces, and I will do my best to continue the work that has been started,” Allen said in her campaign announcement. “I consider myself a people person from a good God fearing family. I have prayed long and hard about the decision to run, and feel I can make a difference in our already wonderful county.

Allen, who has served as Desha County Judge Mark McElroy’s assistant for the last three and one-half years, is a member of the Desha County Fair Board and the Desha County Democratic Committee. She was appointed by Gov. Mike Beebe to serve on the Arkansas State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors.

She served for seven years on the Delta School Board.

Allen is a graduate of Delta High School and attended the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff before receiving a degree in accounting from Great River Vo-Tech. She is a member of St. Andrew Missionary Baptist Church in the Wolfe Project community where she says she serves anywhere she is needed.

Allen has three grown children and four grandchildren.

“If elected, I will work hard to make sure the people of Desha County are my top priority, and with us putting God first, and working together we can make Desha County a place to be proud or prouder of,” she said. “Your vote and support will be greatly appreciated. God bless us all.”

Current Desha County Judge Mark McElroy is not seeking reelection. He is a candidate for District 11 State Representative.