Bruce Carman has announced he will be a candidate for Jefferson County Quorum Court District 13 in the May Democratic primary.

Bruce Carman has announced he will be a candidate for Jefferson County Quorum Court District 13 in the May Democratic primary.


The position is currently held by Justice of the Peace Edward Spears.


Carman is a retired supervisor at the Pine Bluff Arsenal, according to a press release.


He said he "grew up on the family farm in the Linwood community and graduated from Grady High School," then served in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged.


Carman said he graduated from Southeast Arkansas College in 2007 with a degree in criminal justice, was elected a constable for Richland Township in 1994 and is presently serving as a part-time deputy for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. He has been the fire chief for the Linwood/Moscow Volunteer Fire Department since 1997.


"We in District 13 enjoy our country life," Carman said in the release. "But I think we can do better to secure more of the quality of life we want. Through the years I have worked with the county judge and the Quorum Court on grants and completing projects in my area.


"My intent as your JP is to work closely with all the people in District 13, especially with all 10 of the volunteer fire departments," he said. "As a fire chief myself, it gives me a unique ability to understand the needs of each fire department. Each chief knows their area best and how the county can assist them in areas such as roads and trash. I can work with the county judge, Sheriff’s Department and other county agencies to improve your area. Then I also want you, the voters, to tell me what you would like to see done in your area."


Carman is married to Teresa Graves Carman, a teacher in the Watson Chapel School District, and they have two daughters. He is a member of Linwood Baptist Church.


"I look forward to the opportunity to serve you as your justice of the peace District 13," he said.