LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Court of Appeals Judge Rhonda Wood of Conway announced Monday that she intends to run for the state Supreme Court in 2014.
Wood said she would seek the seat now held by Justice Cliff Hoofman, appointed by Gov. Mike Beebe in 2012 to replace retired Justice Robert Brown. Hoofman cannot run for the seat he now holds.
Last week, Court of Appeals Judge Robin Wynne of Fordyce announced that he would run for the Supreme Court seat being vacated next year by retiring Justice Donald Corbin.
Judicial elections, which are nonpartisan, will be held in May 2014 along with the party primaries.
Wood said her personal values, “faith, family, hard-working, conservative values,” and judicial experience would serve the judiciary well.
She graduated with honors from Hendrix College and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law. She opened a private practice in Conway and subsequently worked for the Little Rock law firm of Williams and Anderson before returning to UALR as assistant law school dean.
She was appointed as 20th Judicial District circuit judge by then-Gov. Mike Huckabee in 2006 and was elected to the bench in 2008. She was elected to the state Court of Appeals in 2012.
“All Arkansans should know that I will apply the same judicial philosophy as a Supreme Court justice that has guided me as a judge for the last 7 years,” Wood said. “I will exercise fairness, judicial restraint and consistency in decision-making to better serve Arkansans. The Arkansas Constitution will be my guide.”
Wood and her husband, Dr. Michael Wood, have four children.
Wynne, a former two-term state House member, is a graduate of Harvard and the University of Arkansas law school. He attended theology school at Southern Methodist University and is acting lay speaker at Redfield United Methodist Church.
He practiced law in Fordyce and also served as city attorney, deputy prosecutor and member of the local school board. Prior to joining the Court of Appeals, he was Dallas County District Judge.
Wynne and his wife, Margo, have four children.