Frank Spain, the chief deputy prosecuting attorney for the 10th judicial district, has announced his candidacy for 10th Judicial District Circuit Judge, Division 2. The current judge, Kenny Johnson is not seeking re-election.
“It is my belief that everyone is entitled to fair and impartial justice regardless of income, race, gender, or faith,” Spain said in a news release announcing his candidacy. “It is my desire to continue to serve the citizens of this judicial circuit with the same dedication and diligence that I have for the last 19 years.”
Spain moved to Crossett with his parents, Thomas and Marguerite Earnestine Spain in 1990 when his mother was appointed to the position of postmaster. He attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1997.
Spain began his legal career as a deputy prosecuting attorney for the 15th judicial district prosecuting attorney’s office. In 2001, he was hired by the then newly-elected 10th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Thomas Deen.
In 2004, Spain he married LaDonna (Hundley), the daughter of Larry and Linda Hundley, and they have raised three daughters, Kendal Wilson Noble, Klaire Wilson, and Caroline Wilson. They attend First United Methodist Church in Monticello. With the marriage of his daughter Kendal to Brent Noble, his family has grown. In October 2018, LaDonna and Frank became grandparents to a baby girl.
Spain has served the citizens of Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Desha, and Drew counties in multiple roles. As a deputy prosecuting attorney, he has prosecuted over 2,800 felony cases in circuit court ranging from capital murder to driving while intoxicated. He has extensive jury trial experience, including 11 capital murders trials as well as first-degree murder, aggravated robbery, rape, sexual assaults on minors, and cocaine and/or methamphetamine manufacturing, delivery and possession with intent to deliver trials.
Spain has also has served as a county attorney and filed civil cases on behalf of the prosecuting attorney’s office and local law enforcement agencies. He has helped families by pursuing mental health, drug, and alcohol commitments.
For more information about Spain, visit his website.