Tamra Barrett Announces Candidacy for Garland County District Judge

(Hot Springs, AR) September 20, 2017 – Tamra Barrett, a 20-year veteran defense attorney in
Hot Springs has announced her candidacy for District Judge, Division I, in the upcoming May
22, 2018, election.

Barrett, a Hot Springs/Lake Hamilton native, who graduated from Lake Hamilton High School in 1983, is running for the position currently held by appointed Judge Meredith Rebsamen whose term expires December 31, 2018. Rebsamen was appointed to the position by Gov. Hutchinson after the untimely passing of Judge David B. Switzer, her father.

“During my tenure as a public defender, I have had the opportunity to serve on thousands of cases within the District Court system, providing me with an unparalleled understanding of the needs and expectations of the position, and with clear understanding of the unique opportunity to impact our community by reaching so many people that come through District Court” Barrett said. “With this insight, I will use my training and experience to make decisions that are fair and impartiality balanced with common sense to all parties involved. A lifelong resident of Garland County, I look forward to the opportunity to ensure the safety, and security of our citizens and families and bring a firm, fair and ethical voice to the bench.”

In addition to serving as a Deputy Public Defender, Barrett runs a private law practice, Barrett Law Firm. She also sat as Judge in small claims court for approximately six months in 2007.

Barrett graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Juris Doctorate in 1994. She is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, has participated in the mentor program that is part of Garland County Juvenile Court, during college she volunteered at the Little Rock Battered Women's Shelter and in the Big Brother/Big Sister program and has more recently volunteered at Potter’s Clay for several years. Barrett’s volunteer service reinforces her dedication to families and our community. Further, she has provided leadership by serving/volunteering 6 years in Garland County Junior Auxiliary, which focuses on helping children in need in Garland County, serving as both President and Vice-President president and served 2 years as P.T.O. President at St. John’s Catholic School, as well as Chair of the St. John's large yearly fundraiser, Black Cat Bizarre for 3 years.

Barrett has been married to Michael Tankersley for 18 years and has 15 year-old twin sons, Samuel and Jacob, and a 12 year-old daughter, Jillian.