Van Buren attorney Kevin Holmes has announced his candidacy for prosecuting attorney for the Twenty-First Judicial District. Holmes seeks to replace Marc McCune who was recently appointed to Circuit Judge.

“Judge McCune has done a great job in getting Crawford County where it is today and I plan to continue the legacy he leaves behind. We will put drug dealers behind bars, prosecute to the fullest extent sexual predators and child abusers and support our state and local law enforcement agencies as they battle to keep Crawford County safe. As prosecutor, I will continue to expand the alternative sentencing courts to help combat opioid and drug abuse in Crawford County and will look for innovative ways to help the families of drug users,” Holmes said. “I have the commitment, experience and leadership to be the next prosecuting attorney and I look forward to meeting and listening to the concerns of the citizens of Crawford County.”

Holmes said he was one of the first defense attorneys in Crawford County to get a client into Veterans Court, an alternate sentencing court designed to help current and former military personnel get treatment for mental health and addiction while in the criminal justice system.

“Quick intervention is key in dealing with someone suffering from addition or mental health breakdowns. I am proud of the work I have done with veterans to get them treatment and ensure that small lapses in judgment do not ruin their career and lives. As prosecutor, my office will continue to look for opportunities to assist veterans and others to get treatment and help,” Holmes said.

Holmes is a 1997 graduate of Van Buren High School and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a bachelor’s in political science. While at UALR, Holmes worked for U.S. Sen. Tim Hutchinson and was part of the George W. Bush for president team. Holmes graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 2004 and returned home to Crawford County.

Holmes is a founding member of Hopkins & Holmes, Attorneys at Law, and has been an attorney in Crawford County for 15 years. He has served as a deputy city prosecutor, child advocate in family law cases, has argued cases before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Arkansas Supreme Court and represented thousands of clients in civil, domestic and criminal matters.

In July 2015, Kevin was appointed to serve as a Special Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court by Governor Asa Hutchinson.

“Serving as a Special Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court was one of my greatest experiences as an attorney. I appreciate the trust Governor Hutchinson placed in me and I will be forever grateful to him for the opportunity,” Holmes said.

Holmes served as a justice of the peace in Crawford County for two terms. He also serves as legal counsel for the 1st Choice Pregnancy Medical Center in Fort Smith, a nonprofit agency designed to assist with pregnancy options and avoid abortions.

He is a graduate of Leadership Crawford County, as well as the Van Buren Citizens Police Academy. Holmes and his wife, Shannon, have three children, Gracie, Reagan and Piper.