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Former Gov. Mike Beebe endorses Clark Mason for Arkansas Supreme Court

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ENDORSEMENT: Mike Beebe, shown here in a file photo from his time as governor, lends support to Clark Mason in a Supreme Court race. - BRIAN CHILSON
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  • ENDORSEMENT: Mike Beebe, shown here in a file photo from his time as governor, lends support to Clark Mason in a Supreme Court race.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe today endorsed Clark Mason for the Arkansas Supreme Court. Mason, a Little Rock trial lawyer, is running against Shawn Womack, a former Republican known for carrying the tort reform agenda for big business interests and staunchly anti-gay views. 

Hard to know just how much weight endorsements carry in Supreme Court races, but given the continuing sky-high popularity of Beebe, this counts as news. 

Mason is running against Womack for the seat open because of the retirement of Paul Danielson

“I am honored by Governor Mike Beebe’s endorsement,” Mason said in a press release. “As an Arkansas Supreme Court Justice, I will uphold the high standards the Governor set in his exemplary service to our state.”

As governor, Beebe appointed Clark as a Special Associate Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court. Beebe's letter praises Clark's 30 years of legal experience and "a reputation throughout our state as an attorney who has served with dedication and impartiality, exemplary ethical conduct, and expertise." 

"Clark believes in protecting the rights of individuals and their families, Arkansas businesses, and farmers, and he has dedicated his career to doing just that," Beebe writes. 

Full endorsement letter after the jump

Dear Friends:

It is my pleasure to formally endorse Clark Mason for Associate Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court and to ask you to join me in supporting him for this extremely important position. I have long admired his thoughtful leadership and his unerring sense of right and wrong. With more than 30 years of legal experience, Clark maintains a reputation throughout our state as an attorney who has served with dedication and impartiality, exemplary ethical conduct, and expertise. In fact, as Governor, I appointed Clark as a Special Associate Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court.

I have had the opportunity to work with and get to know Clark Mason personally and professionally. He is widely regarded for his intellect, his integrity, his strong involvement in the community, and his efforts to ensure equal justice under the law for all citizens of Arkansas. He holds the honor of the Martindale Hubble “AV” rating, the highest rating possible for legal ability and ethical standards for attorneys.

Clark believes in protecting the rights of individuals and their families, Arkansas businesses, and farmers, and he has dedicated his career to doing just that. Clark has a vast understanding of the law and is particularly knowledgeable in areas as diverse as agricultural law, aviation law, business litigation, and matters that involve preventing the abuse and neglect of our most vulnerable citizens. In addition to being an advocate for our elderly and our children in need, Clark has also spent a substantial part of his career representing Arkansas hospitals that focus on children who suffer from mental illness and/or who have been subjected to abuse.

Please visit Clark’s website at www.clarkmasonforarkansas.com to learn more, to watch his television ads, and to make a donation. You can also follow the campaign on the Facebook page: Clark Mason for Supreme Court.

Early voting has begun, and Election Day is just around the corner on March 1. The campaign is picking up momentum and has gained almost unanimous support among Arkansas lawyers. Clark is clearly the most qualified candidate for this extremely critical position.

Join me in voting for Clark Mason for the Arkansas Supreme Court on March 1.
It’s a vote for justice for all.

Thank you,

Mike Beebe

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