David F. Butler, of Magnolia Arkansas announces his candidacy for the 13th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney position which is scheduled for election in May, 2014. Butler has served as the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Columbia County since 2005. Butler has been a partner in the law firm of Kinard, Crane, Butler, & Phillips for 25 years.

Butler has been married to Vicki Bailey Butler for 34 years, and they are the parents of 3 children. Stephanie Clayton resides in Aspen, Colorado with her husband Doug. Sydney Butler resides in Fayetteville and is employed as a law clerk for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Lesley Floyd is employed as an RN at the Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Floyd is relocating from Fayetteville to Hawaii to join her husband, Justin, a Marine Corps Captain who is an F-18 jet fighter pilot.

Butler graduated from Magnolia, High School (1973), Southern State College (now SAU) (1977), and the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville (1980). Butler began his legal career as a Landman, Land Manager and Division Manager for Southwestern Energy Company in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Butler served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in the 13th Judicial District between 1987 and 1999, and 2005 to the present.

Butler has handled approximately 200 criminal jury trials and thousands of criminal cases. Butler prosecuted the first stalking case tired by a jury in the State of Arkansas. Butler also prosecuted the first continuing drug enterprise (Drug Kingpin) jury trial in Arkansas. The 13th Judicial District encompasses Cleveland, Calhoun, Ouachita, Dallas, Union and Columbia Counties. Butler has tried criminal jury trials in all 6 counties.

Butler is a proponent of Smarter Sentencing and the Drug Court Programs presently being utilized in 3 of the counties in the 13th Judicial District. Ian Vickery, the 13th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney, has made efforts to expand these programs to the other counties. If elected, Butler intends to continue with the expansion of these programs into all counties.