Dumas attorney Chris Hays has announced that he will seek the office of Desha County District Court Judge in Dumas in the May 22 Non-partisan judicial election.
“I believe that my experience in a wide range of areas of the law will place me in a position to make well-informed and fair decisions regarding the cases which will come before the Desha County District Court,” Hays said. “I have practiced in the District Courts of Arkansas for the past fourteen years and tried my best to not only represent my clients, but to learn from the Judges in those courts.
“I have had the opportunity to serve as special District Court Judge in Chicot and Arkansas counties, and have enjoyed the experiences in those roles,” he said. “It is my belief that to be an effective Judge, a person must be willing to put aside personal opinions, passions, and acquaintances, and make decisions with regard only to the facts presented and in accordance with the rule of law.”
Hays is an attorney in private practice with Christopher W. Hays, P.A., and has practiced law for the past fourteen years. He is married to Mae Margaret Jones Hays, and they have one son, Wilson.
Hays is a Desha County native, and has lived in Dumas for the past twenty-two years. He served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the 10th Judicial District from 1998–1999. Since September 1999 he has been engaged in the private practice of law in Dumas.
Hays served two terms as Dumas Chamber of Commerce President in 2003 and again in 2008. He has also served on the Dumas City Council since January 1, 2003.
Hays has been continuously involved in the Dumas community since relocating there in 1991. He was a founding board member of the Southeast Arkansas Cornerstone Coalition, a board member of the Dumas Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Dumas where he served as President for the 2011 year. Chris is also a member of the Dumas Economic Development Committee and the Dumas Lions Club.
Hays is a 1997 graduate of the UALR Bowen School of Law, and also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville.
“If elected District Court Judge, I pledge to serve the citizens of Desha County with honor and integrity, by treating each individual who appears before me with respect. I will also seek to treat each individual fairly and impartially, as the law requires of Judges,” Hays said. “I would sincerely appreciate your vote for District Court Judge on May 22.”