Retired Sevier County District Judge Robert Lowery has announced his candidacy for Baxter County justice of the peace for District 3. The seat will be vacated as the current J.P. for the district, Rick Steiner, was appointed by Governor Asa Hutchinson to serve through 2018. With the appointment, Steiner is not eligible to seek re-election. Lowery says he intends to use his past service and interest in government by serving as the new J.P. if elected.Lowery was the Sevier County district judge for 21 years and spent two years as a circuit judge for Arkansas' 9th Judicial Circuit West. His career includes time spent as a deputy public defender, as a deputy prosecuting attorney and as a court administrator for the Arkansas Supreme Court.
He has served on the executive council of the former Arkansas Lung Association, as chairman of the Arkansas Bail Bond Board and as assistant to the president and legal counsel for the Arkansas Jaycees. He has also served as associate legal counsel for the U.S. Jaycees and as a Jaycees international senator.
Other areas of service for Lowery include a Methodist lay leader, a chamber of commerce president, a Boy Scout Eagle chairman and merit badge instructor, a Lion's Club president and district governor, and as a tenured delegate to the Arkansas Bar Association.
Lowery currently serves on the board of the Northeast Public Water Authority. He is a member of the Mountain Home Lions Club, the Twin Lakes Gun Club and the National Rifle Association.
He has taught courses in local and state government, Arkansas history, and U.S. history at Cossatot Community College.
He and his wife of 36 years, Jan, have lived in the Mountain Home area since 2005 and have two children.
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