Pine Bluff attorney Mac Norton has announced he will be a candidate for circuit judge in the 11th West Judicial District Third Division in the non-partisan judicial general election in 2020. The district consists of Jefferson and Lincoln counties.

Norton, an attorney for over 40 years, will be seeking the seat being vacated by the retirement of Circuit Judge Bill Benton.

Norton graduated from Pine Bluff High School in 1971, received a bachelor’s degree from Hendrix College at Conway in 1975, and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas School of Law at Fayetteville in 1978.

Norton 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 Brockman, Norton and Taylor at 501 E. 8th Ave.

He has served as president of the Jefferson County Bar Association, whose members have elected him on numerous occasions in the past to serve as a special judge when presiding judges were unavailable.

Norton served as president of the Trinity Episcopal School Board and secretary for many years on the board of directors for the Seabrook Family Christian Center (formerly Seabrook YMCA). He also served as chairman of the Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Commission and past president of Fifty for the Future of Pine Bluff. Norton was voted Best Attorney at Law in 2018 through the Pine Bluff Commercial Best of the Best. Norton is a deacon at First Baptist Church.

He has been married to Susan Condray Norton for 36 years and they have two adult children, Kathryn Norton and Rhine Norton.