UPDATE: There are now two candidates for the circuit court judgeship held by Vann Smith, who’s expected to retire at the end of 2020.

Shawn Johnson, a senior assistant attorney general in the Consumer Protection Division, has announced as a candidate for 14th division circuit judge seat for Pulaski and Perry Counties.


Later in the morning, I got an announcement from another candidate for the seat.

Jim Wyatt has been a lawyer for 25 years and is a partner in the firm of Montgomery, Adams and Wyatt.


Non-partisan judicial elections are less than a year away. You’ll need a scorecard in the Sixth Judicial District, where six judges are expected to retire — Smith, Chris Piazza, Richard Moore, Mary McGowan, Wylie Branton and Joyce Warren.