The campaign for a seat on the Arkansas Supreme Court features a candidate with deep Republican Party ties and is highlighting how the state’s nonpartisan high court races are becoming less so.
One of the candidates, Judge Morgan “Chip” Welch who is currently serving as a Pulaski County Circuit Judge, was recently campaigning in this area of the state. We asked him to comment on whether the race for the seat is remaining nonpartisan.
“You don’t want to have to come into the Arkansas Supreme Court and look out there and count the red jerseys and the blue jerseys, and then determine well I’ve either won or lost my case.”
Judge Welch is opposed by the chief administrative law judge for the state Workers Compensation Commission, Barbara Webb. She is the wife of the state GOP chairman and has spoken to Republican gatherings around Arkansas. The race is for a seat on the Supreme Court being vacated by retiring Justice Jo Hart.
With additional reporting via Associated Press
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