Retired Circuit Judge Don E. Glover has announced his candidacy for the Arkansas General Assembly in the May Democratic Primary. Glover is seeking the District 11 seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives that includes Ashley, Desha and Chicot counties.

“I have been a public servant all my adult life, and with that, I have compassion to keep being of service for the public good,” he said in a news release.

“My experiences alone do not qualify me to represent the people of District 11. My life’s journey, my education, my beliefs, and my genuine desire to advance opportunities for all citizens in this district have equipped me for this office.”

As a member of the state legislature, Glover said in the news release that his primary focus will be on issues that affect the daily lives of the people in District 11.

The release also said he believes that many opportunities for development exist in the district, and he vows to support new and existing ventures that promote the community’s advancement. Glover served as circuit judge for the 10th Judicial District, representing Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Desha and Drew counties from 1993 until he retired on Dec. 31, 2016. He was first elected to public office as municipal judge for the City of Dermott in 1986. Glover spent many years in the practice of law across three states: Arkansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma.

Glover is a native of Dermott and a lifelong resident of Chicot County. He graduated in 1965 from AM&N College (now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff) with a degree in business administration and was most recently honored in 2014 as a Distinguished Alumnus.

“A love for his country, Glover demonstrated his first commitment to public service after college when he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in South America from 1965-1967,” according to the news release.

He continued with service in the United States Army from 1967-1970, including a tour of duty in Vietnam.

“His commitment to service led him to enter law school at Howard University, where he graduated with a Juris Doctorate degree in 1973,” the news release said.

Prior to declaring his candidacy, Glover traveled the state hearing cases as a special judge appointed by the Arkansas Supreme Court. He serves on the board of directors for the York W. Williams, Jr. Child Development Center, Inc., with offices in Dumas, Dermott and Eudora.

Also, he serves on the board of Mainline Health Systems, Inc., which provides services for communities in District 11. According to the news release, Glover “is a leader in various other community capacities, including serving as deacon, treasurer, and Sunday school superintendent at his church, and co-chair of the Combined Churches Vacation Bible School in Dermott.”

An avid proponent of education, Glover was one of the organizers of the spring break feeding and learning program for children and youth, the release said, adding that “he supports local nonprofit organizations that give students access to college readiness and summer camp experiential learning.”

According to the news release, “Glover has a strong commitment to giving back for the public good. As such, he and his family donated property to the City of Dermott giving the residents, visitors and neighboring communities a place to enjoy outdoor recreation at Glover Park.”

Glover manages his family’s farm in Chicot and Drew counties. He has been married to his wife, Dorothy, for over 40 years, and they have two children, Dorcedar and Doven.

“I request your support of my campaign, and would be honored to have your vote in the 2018 elections,” Glover said in the news release.

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