Pocahontas attorney Joe Grider is pleased to announce his intention to seek the Circuit
Judge seat for the 3rd Judicial District, Division 3 as an independent candidate. The district
includes Randolph, Jackson, Lawrence and Sharp County. The current officer holder, Judge
Tom Garner, is unable to seek election to that position since he was appointed to Division 3 to
fill the late Judge Kevin King’s term.
After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Arkansas
in 1993, Grider graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas, School of Law at
Fayetteville in 1996 where he made the Dean’s List in 1994, 1995 and 1996. Since August 1996,
Grider has been in private practice in Pocahontas. During his 22 plus years of practicing law,
Grider served as Pocahontas City Attorney for 13 years. He also represents Lawrence County
Regional Water District, Town of Reyno and was the City Attorney for Maynard for several
years until January 2013. Grider has been a part-time deputy prosecutor for the 3rd Judicial
District since January 2003, where he has prosecuted felony and misdemeanor cases in all four
counties of the 3rd Judicial District. Grider was also awarded the Legal Aid Volunteer Attorney
for the Year for Randolph County in 2003 and 2007.
“During my 22 plus years of practicing law I have handled every type of case, ranging
from child custody and property disputes, to felony criminal cases and the type of complex
breach of contract cases that would come before me as Circuit Judge. That wide variety of
experience has specifically tailored me for Circuit Judge. As Circuit Judge I will be fair and
impartial in handling cases that come before me and will treat all persons that appear before me
with respect and dignity, never forgetting the challenges and frustrations people have when they
appear in court. I promise to always be available to the citizens and law enforcement officers of
the 3rd Judicial District.”
Grider is the father of four children: Elizabeth, Rebekah, Jacob and Matthew. He is a
member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Randolph County Bar Association, Arkansas Volunteer
Lawyers for the Elderly, Arkansas Bar Association, Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association,
Randolph County Chamber of Commerce, the Knights of Columbus, the Pocahontas Rotary Club
and has an Arkansas Concealed Carry permit.
The non-partisan election will be held on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.