Dermott Community Forum


Judicial candidates Laurie Bridewell and Melinda French, as well as state House candidates Mark McElroy and Bob Ware, have been invited to discuss their candidacy and field questions at a political forum in Dermott on Friday, February 12.

Darrell Stephens, president of the Arkansas Democratic Black Caucus, will moderate the forum which will be held at the Dermott Administration Building, located at 211 E. Iowa in Dermott. The forum gets underway at 5:30 p.m.

Bridewell and French are vying for the newly created District 27 State District Court judgeship in the March 1 non-partisan judicial election. The Arkansas Legislature in April 2015 created the The 27th District Court, merging the Chicot and Desha County district courts.

Bridwell has served six years as a Chicot district judge. She has practiced law in Lake Village for 29 years and previously served as Lake Village City Attorney.

French has operated a general law practice in McGehee for 25 years. She has served as a deputy prosecutor in Chicot County for 15 years, 10 of those in Desha County, as well.

McElroy, the District 11 state representative, is seeking re-election in the March 1 Democratic Primary. Bob Ware is hoping to unseat him. The district includes Desha and Chicot counties and a portion of Ashley county.

McElroy, a Democrat from Tillar, is currently serving his second term in the State House. He is a retired Desha County judge and a farmer.

Ware, a Democrat from McGehee, is the vice chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology at McGehee.

Betty Dillard is hosting the forum. For more information contact Dillard at 538-7161 or Angela Courtney at 538-7699.