Candice A. Settle has announced her candidacy for Crawford County Circuit Judge.
Settle has over 20 years of experience in the legal field in Crawford County, having served as city prosecuting attorney, deputy public defender and city attorney for the City of Van Buren for over 16 years.
She has had a successful private practice with Settle & Jernigan, PLLC, practicing with Carrie Jernigan, her partner in the firm, in the areas of employment law, civil and criminal litigation, probate, business, personal injury and domestic relations law.
She has tried numerous jury and bench trials and has practiced in both federal and state courts. Having argued successfully before the Court of Appeals, Settle has prepared numerous successful appellate briefs heard before the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court. She has taught law at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith school of business and paralegal program, and has given numerous seminars on employment law. She has served as special judge in numerous cases in Fort Smith District Court and Crawford County District Court.
Settle was raised in Crawford County and attended Van Buren schools where she was the Valedictorian of the class of 1990. She graduated in 1994 from the University of Arkansas with a B.S.B.A. in Accounting, and in 1997 she graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas School of Law.
She was raised by her mother, Mary Cabaniss, and father, the late George Cabaniss, who started the School Resource Program at Van Buren High School and retired a sergeant with the Van Buren Police Department.
Her husband, Aaron, is a former Crawford County Sheriff CID detective and is currently the Training and Recruiting Manager for the Major League Fishing television show.
The Settles have two children: Taryn Settle, who graduated from Van Buren High School and Morghan Beshears, a graduate of Alma High School.
Settle is proud to have grown up in Crawford County on the ball fields at the Boys and Girls Club and at First Baptist Church. She has been committed to giving back to the community that raised her.
She is a founding member and past vice-president and treasurer of the Kiwanis Club of Van Buren and acted as one of the first K-Kid leaders in the schools for Kiwanis.
She was a Cub Scout leader for the Boy Scouts of America and is a past Board Member for the Boys and Girls Club of Van Buren and Summit Hospital.
Settle graduated from the inaugural class of Leadership Crawford County in 2000. She is the current school board president for the Van Buren School District and has served on the Board for over six years.
She is a long-time member of the Women’s League of Van Buren, Keep Van Buren Beautiful and is a past member of Business and Professional Women of Van Buren and the Optimist Club.
She also established the George Cabaniss Memorial Scholarship at the Van Buren School District in honor of her father.
Settle is active in the legal community as well. She is a past president of the City Attorney’s Association, current President of the Labor and Employment Section of the Arkansas Bar, a past delegate to the Arkansas Bar, a current member of the Arkansas, Crawford County and Sebastian County Bars and is a board member of the Volunteer Attorney Project, an organization committed to helping to provide legal services to persons who cannot afford a lawyer.
She is a Supreme Court appointed member of the Professional Responsibility Committee and Arkansas Code Revision Committee.
Settle's father, the late George Cabaniss, ingrained in Candice the ideal of the “ethical professional” and shehas an abiding faith in having character and integrity.
As Circuit Judge of Crawford County she intends to bring those ideals, along with her breadth of knowledge and experience, to her hometown bench to ensure every Crawford County citizen receives justice.