Prosecuting Attorney Christi McQueen has officially announced her candidacy for reelection as the Eighth North Judicial District prosecutor in the upcoming May vote. The district covers Hempstead and Nevada Counties.
The non-partisan contest between McQueen and her challenger, Angilynn Taylor, will be determined during the May 22 primary election. McQueen said, “I humbly and sincerely ask for your vote and support in the upcoming election for Prosecuting Attorney. I am the qualified candidate.”
McQueen is in her eighth year as Prosecutor. She previously served as Chief Deputy Prosecutor for 2 ½ years and Deputy Prosecutor for 3 years. She had a private practice for 23 years before joining the prosecutor’s office.
McQueen was born to Charlie Cox and the late Mel Cox and has two adult sons, Matthew and Christopher McQueen. She grew up in Prescott and moved to Hope 42 years ago, where she became a member of First Baptist Church, Hope.
In her announcement, McQueen cites her experience as a jury trial prosecutor and her prosecution record. “During my tenure of service as prosecutor,” McQueen said, “I have achieved a winning record in prosecuting such felony crimes as capital murder, first degree murder, first degree battery, aggravated robbery, domestic violence, property crimes and drug trafficking…I am particularly known for my zealous prosecution of child molesters.”
While McQueen prides herself on being a hard-nosed criminal prosecutor, she says she does take a compassionate approach to defendants with drug problems. McQueen said, “I have seen a great benefit in permitting defendants to receive drug rehabilitation services from Renewal Ranch, Recovery Centers of Arkansas and other facilities that offer help to defendants who are earnestly seeking positive change in their lives.”
It’s not just her work in the courtroom McQueen refers voters to as reason to reelect her. In her announcement, McQueen says she is particularly proud of her participation in the following:
∙ Led in the recent formation of the 8th North Task Force to fight drug trafficking, street-corner dealers, and major crimes
∙ Involved in school programs to educate students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, dating violence, and bullying
∙ Commissioner on Arkansas Commission on Child Abuse, Rape, and Domestic Violence
∙ Legal Coordinator for the Arkansas State Police Troop G Child Abduction Response Team
∙ Prosecutor for the Infant and Child Death Review Program, Southwest Arkansas team
∙ Member of the Human Rights committee for Rainbow of Challenges
∙ Member of Arkansas Prosecuting Attorneys Association