Retired Circuit Judge Don E. Glover has announced his candidacy for the District 11 seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives in the 2018 Democratic primary.
The district includes Chicot and Desha counties and a portion of Ashley County.
Glover, a public servant his entire adult life, said in a news release he has the passion to continue his service to the public. “My experiences alone do not qualify me to represent the people of District 11. My life’s journey, my education, my beliefs, and my genuine desire to advance opportunities for all citizens in this district have equipped me for this office,” he said.
As a member of the state legislature, Glover said his primary focus would be on issues that affect the daily lives of the people in District 11. He believes that many opportunities for development exist in the district, and vows to support new and existing ventures that promote the district’s advancement.
Glover served as Circuit Judge for the 10th Judicial District, representing Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Desha and Drew counties from 1993 until his retirement on December 31, 2016. He was first elected to public office as Municipal Judge for the City of Dermott in 1986. Glover spent many years practicing law in three states, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma.
A native of Dermott and lifelong resident of Chicot County, Glover graduated with a degree in Business Administration in 1965 from AM&N College (now University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff) where he was honored in 2014 as a Distinguished Alumnus.
Glover first demonstrated his commitment to public service after college when he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in South America from 1965-1967. He continued his public service and demonstrated his love of his country serving in the United States Army from 1967-1970, including a tour of duty in Vietnam. His commitment to service led him to enter law school at Howard University, where he graduated with a Juris Doctorate degree in 1973.
Prior to declaring his candidacy, Glover traveled the state hearing cases as a special judge appointed by the Arkansas Supreme Court. He serves on the Board of Directors for the York W. Williams, Jr. Child Development Center, Inc., with offices in Dumas, Dermott, and Eudora. He also serves on the Board of Mainline Health Systems, Inc., which provides health care services to residents in District 11. He is a leader in various other community capacities including, deacon, treasurer, and Sunday school superintendent at his church, and co-chair of the Combined Churches Vacation Bible School in Dermott.
A passionate proponent of education, Glover was one of the organizers of the spring break feeding and learning program for children and youth. He supports local nonprofit organizations that give students access to college readiness and summer camp experiential learning.
Glover has a strong commitment to giving back to his community for the public good. He and his family donated property to the City of Dermott giving the residents, visitors and neighboring communities a place to enjoy outdoor recreation at Glover Park.
Glover manages his family’s farm in Chicot and Drew counties. He and his wife of 40 years, Dorothy, have two children, Dorcedar and Doven.
“I request your support of my campaign and would be honored to have your vote in the 2018 elections,” Glover said.