Arkansas Judiciary 101: District Court Judges
District Courts are where the vast majority of people have contact with the judicial system. Serving all of Faulkner County, our 9th District Court’s docket approaches over 12,000 cases each year. (more details about District Courts in Arkansas)
The 9th District Court is served by two judges, David Reynolds and Susan Weaver, who were both first elected in 2012, and who were both re-elected in 2016 to a second 4-year term.
9th DISTRICT, Position 1
Judge David Reynolds
In May 2012, Judge Reynolds won the District Court (Position 1) seat for the first time, winning the race against Mike Murphy of Conway with about 58% of the vote. He ran again unopposed in 2016.
Reynolds was serving as a 20th Judicial District circuit judge when he ran for the Position 1 seat; Murphy had served as Conway city attorney since 1991. Murphy also was district court prosecutor for more than 21 years and served as a deputy prosecuting attorney for the 20th Judicial District (Faulkner and Van Buren counties).
Reynolds, first elected to the Circuit Court in 1990, was re-elected in 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2008. He served 17 months as the 20th Judicial District’s first juvenile judge beginning in 1989 and also served the 20th Judicial District as Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney from 1987 to 1989.
9th DISTRICT, Position 2
Judge Susan Weaver
In May 2012, Susan Weaver pulled roughly 52% of the vote to beat District Court Judge Amy Brazil for the Position 2 seat in the 9th District (which was created by the Arkansas General Assembly in 2011). This was Judge Weaver’s first term as a District Court judge.
In July 2010, Governor Mike Beebe had appointed Brazil to complete the term of Brazil’s uncle, District Judge Russell L. “Jack” Roberts, following his death. Weaver, who in 2007 worked for 20th Judicial Prosecutor Marcus Vaden as deputy prosecutor, was in private practice prior to the 2012 election.
Weaver was re-elected in 2016 with 76% of the vote. (Kent Tester, her 2016 opponent, withdrew from the race the day after early voting began when text messages by Tester surfaced that included racial slurs.)