Third Division Circuit Judge Bill Benton, who is seeking a third-term, will face Pine Bluff attorney Mac Norton in the May 20 non-partisan general election in both Jefferson and Lincoln counties.
Benton was first elected in November 2002 and was re-elected in May 2008.
In his announcement, Benton said in his time on the bench, he has made decisions in over 16,000 cases, many of those being trials and hearings.
He is assigned to hear domestic relations and probate cases, which include custody, visitation, support, domestic violence, guardianship, adoptions and mental and drug and alcohol commitments.
Benton received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and his juris doctor degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law.
He was in private practice for 29 years in Pine Bluff, worked as a deputy prosecuting attorney for 20 years, and served seven years as City Court Judge at White Hall.
Norton, who has been in private practice for 35 years, began his law practice with E. W. Brockman Jr., and practiced law with him until Brockman’s death in 2007. Zack Taylor and Norton operate a law practice together, Brockman, Norton and Taylor.
He received a bachelor of arts degree from Hendrix College at Conway and his juris doctor from the University of Arkansas School of Law at Fayetteville.
Norton is currently vice-president of the Jefferson County Bar Association and has served as a special judge in district and circuit courts when the regular judge was not available.