State District Court Judge Chris Carnahan of Conway will seek position 2 on the Arkansas Supreme Court. He is scheduled to announce his candidacy on Wednesday, June 16, at the Arkansas State Capitol.
Carnahan currently serves as the Division One State District Court Judge for Faulkner and Van Buren Counties. He served as circuit judge from 2017-19 and was twice chosen as a Special Associate Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, the University of Central Arkansas, the National Judicial College and is a former member of the Arkansas Judicial Counsel. Prior to his judicial service, Carnahan was legal counsel for the Arkansas State Board, senior deputy prosecuting attorney for the 20th Judicial District and Deputy Prosecutor in the 15th Judicial District.
Carnahan has been in private practice; acted as county attorney for Scott, Conway, Searcy and Van Buren Counties; and as city attorney or prosecutor for the cities of Oppello, Menifee, Fairfield Bay, Marshall and Holland. He taught American National Government at Pulaski Technical College and two sections of American History at UA Little Rock. He also teaches law enforcement classes in civil liability, constitutional law and Fourth Amendment topics. He is a past executive director of the Republican Party of Arkansas and a staff member at the Arkansas Policy Foundation and its Murphy Commission initiative producing the first ever detailed flow chart of Arkansas state government.