Mark Klappenbach, a Fordyce attorney, announced this week he will seek the Arkansas Court of Appeals, District 5 position in the March 1 election.

The current District 5 member, Judge Mike Kinard, was appointed by Governor Mike Beebe after Justice Robin Wynne was elected to the Arkansas Supreme Court. Under Arkansas law, Judge Kinard cannot succeed himself.

“Over the 31 years of my legal and accounting career I have served in many capacities that I believe can bring some valuable insight if elected to the Arkansas Court of Appeals,” Klappenbach said. “In my private practice I specialized in family law, business, tax and estate planning. As a Public Defender I represented clients on all levels of felony, misdemeanor and juvenile delinquency charges and my trial experience includes Death Penalty and Class Y Felony cases. As a Deputy Prosecuting attorney I worked with law enforcement and made decisions for all levels of charges. As a Certified Public Accountant I have audit experience in county and state government, colleges, investment, insurance and manufacturing concerns and the health care industry.”

Currently, Klappenbach is a Deputy Public Defender for the Arkansas Public Defender Commission. He received his Juris Doctor from the William F. Bowen School of Law and his BS in Accounting from Louisiana Tech University.

He has served four times as Special Associate Justice for the Arkansas Supreme Court and was on the Arkansas Sentencing Commission.

Klappenbach is active in his community. He is the president of the Fordyce School Board and a member of the Redbug Alumni Association.

He and his wife, Glenda, are members of the First Baptist Church where he serves as a deacon and Sunday school director. They have one daughter, Kristin. His parents, Norman and Lee, previously owned the Klappenbach Bakery in Fordyce.