LETTER TO THE EDITOR


VOTING FOR BLATT


We are voting for Shannon Blatt for Circuit Judge. We believe that her qualifications and legal


experience make her the logical choice to be the new Circuit Judge.


As a District Judge, Wayland Parker, II has observed Shannon Blatt practicing in the Greenwood


District Court. I believe that she is very knowledgeable in the law, and exercises great common


sense. As a Circuit Judge, she will be dealing with family law issues, and custody and care of


minor children. She has shown to me over the past eighteen (18) years of appearing in my court,


and in the last three (3) years since my retirement that she is dedicated to the youth of Sebastian


County and will do all that she can to see that there have a custody placement that is in their


best interest, and if they have been neglected or abused, that she will see that they are given


every opportunity to grow up in a safe and secure environment and become productive members of our


community.


She has demonstrated through her community service that she is dedicated to Sebastian County. She


has given her time to Mercy Foundation, Children’s Emergency Service, and Southside Rotary Club.


She has also served on the Fort Smith School Board. I think it speaks very well of her that our


Governor, Gov. Asa Hutchison, saw fit to appoint her as a special associate justice. That shows


that Gov. Hutchison had the full confidence in her ability as a judge.


In these last three (3) years, I have seen her preside and sit in for District Judges in the


Fort Smith District of Sebastian County.


Barbara Parker has been a teacher at Lavaca Public Schools and Greenwood Public Schools for the


last thirty-nine (39) years. Unfortunately, she has seen and observed, children that have been


neglected or abused. She fully understands the special care and attention and needs of these


children. That she has known Shannon Blatt for a number of years, and knows that Shannon has the


same dedication as our school system does to see that children are protected and that those who


have been neglected and abused are removed from those situations and provided the assistance that


they need.


We are both voting for Shannon Blatt for Circuit Judge, and hope that you will consider


voting for her too.