HELENA-WEST HELENA- Phillips County Attorney James F. Valley, who has practiced law in Arkansas and Mississippi for over two decades, announced his candidacy for Prosecuting Attorney in the First Judicial District this

month. Valley and his challenger filed for this office on the same day.

“Getting tougher on criminals and aggressively prosecuting the rising crime in many areas of the district is the number one reason I decided to seek this office,” Valley said.  “Our communities cannot afford a continuation of the soft, coddling approaches of the past that have been a staple of this Prosecutor’s office.”  Valley said, “the one constant

refrain I am hearing all around this district is “it’s time for a change.”

Valley pledged to work full time and to push for more trials and to clean up the back-logged docket in the Circuit Courts around the district.  He said, “For too long, criminals have been able to avoid fully paying for their crimes because of a Prosecutor’s office that would rather give probation or light sentences without doing the hard work required to take criminals to trial and get justice for the rising number of victims throughout this district.” Violent offenders will be treated as adults setting the tone early and often, “conform your conduct to the law or face tough consequences.”

Additionally, Valley promised to more actively seek protection for victims of domestic violence saying, “It’s time for the Prosecutor’s office to get actively involved in helping victims to get orders of protection. There have been too many cases of deputy prosecutors in this district failing to take domestic violence seriously, resulting in victims being put at risk of further suffering.” We cannot continue to fail people who are already in vulnerable situations. We will also provide assistance in getting mentally ill persons who become dangers to themselves and others, screened

and treated.

Valley received a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and completed his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville School of Law. 

He has practiced law since 1995 and previously taught classes at Helena-West Helena Central High School and Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas.

Valley was elected Mayor of Helena-West Helena twice, served two terms on the Phillips County Quorum Court and was appointed to one term on the Martin Luther King Commission.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Helena-West Helena Central High School Booster Club, is a trustee of the First Missionary Baptist Church in West Helena, and is active in many other community organizations.

Valley is married to the former Elizabeth James and they have six children.  Valley concluded by saying “ Valley will be the voice for the victims; Valley will bring common sense and sanity to the situation and Valley will deliver punishment to the perpetrators; If you are tired of criminals slithering through the justice system, then change is the


Election Day is Tuesday, May 22, 2018 with Early Voting to be held Monday, May 7 through Monday, May 21, 2018.