Among a spate of contested judicial elections this year thanks to circuit judge openings due to retirement is the apparent development of a contested race for judge of Little Rock traffic court.
Vic Fleming, traffic judge in Little Rock since 1997, has announced he’ll seek re-election to what is now known as the District 31 district judgeship. Though he’s responsible primarily for traffic court, he’s a state judge with countywide jurisdiction and the election will be decided by all Pulaski County voters.
Peggy Egan, a public defender in district court, announced on Facebook recently that she was gathering signatures to qualify for the ballot to run for the traffic court judgeship. She lost a runoff in 2018 for another Little Rock district court position, the criminal court seat won by Melanie Martin.
Fourteen judicial races will be on Pulaski County ballots in March. Six circuit judgeships are open because of coming retirements and contested races have developed in all those positions.