Judge Reid Harrod announced his candidacy today for the position of Ashley County District Judge in the election to be held on March 1, 2016.
The newly created full-time position was established by the Arkansas Legislature in 2014 and will encompass the existing district courts in Crossett and Hamburg.
Harrod has formerly served as city judge in the City of Wilmot, municipal judge in the City of Hamburg and is currently serving as Ashley County District Judge.
A Hamburg native, Judge Harrod is a 1976 graduate of Hamburg High School. He graduated from Hendrix College in 1980 and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law in 1983. At UALR, Harrod was selected as Case Notes Editor for the UALR Law Journal and was elected President of the Phi Alpha Delta Legal fraternity.
Following his graduation from law school, Harrod returned to Ashley County to practice law. In 1991, he and his brother, David Harrod, established their present practice in Hamburg. Harrod has served as past President of both the Ashley County Bar Association and the Southeast Arkansas Legal Institute. He has also served on the Boards of Directors of the Arkansas Bar Foundation and the Arkansas District Judge’s Council. Harrod has also previously served as City Attorney in both Wilmot and Eudora.
Since returning to Hamburg, Judge Harrod has been active in community affairs, having served as President of both the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis Club. He also served on the Boards of Directors of the Southeast Arkansas Concert Association and the Hamburg High School Foundation. He has been active as both a coach and sponsor of youth sports in the Southeast Arkansas area and is a member of First Baptist Church of Hamburg.
Harrod has two sons, Christian Harrod, a third year law student at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law, and Alex Harrod, a junior finance major at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
“It has been an honor and privilege to serve as Judge here in Ashley County for these past 21 years. During that time, I have attempted to consider each case fairly and impartially and to ensure that all parties before the Court were treated with respect and courtesy,” Harrod said in a news release announcing his candidacy. “The newly created full-time State District Court position, which is a testament to the efforts of the County’s legislators, county judges and mayors over the last several years, will provide us with an opportunity to greatly enhance services available from the Court to the residents of the county. Specifically, the Court’s expanded jurisdiction will enable us to better assist those individuals and families who may be struggling with issues related to mental health, chemical or alcohol addiction, and those who may be victims of domestic violence or other criminal acts. It will also provide for an expanded, expedient and cost effective system for resolving civil disputes.”
“I was born and raised here in Ashley County and chose to return here to pursue a career and raise two sons,” Harrod said. “This county provides a great quality of life and, if elected, I look forward to the opportunity to utilize this position to contribute to that quality of life. During the coming months, I hope to be able to personally ask for the vote of everyone in the county and would like to take this opportunity to ask for your vote and support, and to thank all those who have encouraged me in making this decision.”