Associate Justice Paul Danielson says he's not seeking re-election to the Arkansas Supreme Court, while a state judge who served in the Legislature is launching a bid for his seat.
Danielson on Tuesday announced he's not running for another eight-year term on the court next year, citing a state law that prohibits him from running without forfeiting his retirement benefits. Danielson was first elected to the court in 2006 to a two-year term, and was elected to a full eight year term in 2008.
Danielson announced his retirement the same day Circuit Judge Shawn Womack announced he was running for the seat on the court. Womack was first elected a judge in 2008, and previously served as a Republican in the state Senate and House.