The following special candidate statement was published in the Thursday, Feb. 13 edition of the Pine Bluff Commercial as follows:

I am Therese Free and I am running for Circuit Judge, 3rd Division. I was born in Jefferson County and raised in Lincoln County. Both counties are dear to my heart.
I have been practicing law for 19 years, primarily in the field of family law, as well as representing parents in dependent neglect cases and representing the best interest of children in foster care. Families and family dynamics as seen through the eyes of the children are of utmost importance to me.
I plan to implement curriculem mandatory for parents coming through my court for divorce to help them learn how to co-parent their children, while living in separate households.
I will remain impartial, unbiased and compassionate. For all these reasons, I ask for your vote.