Sheffield Nelson endorses Judge Gunner DeLay’s Campaign

For Immediate Release

February 9, 2022 CONTACT: Nicole Gillum

Former Co-Chairman of the Republican Party of Arkansas, Sheffield Nelson, announced his endorsement and support of Judge Gunner DeLay in his run for the Arkansas Supreme Court.

“I’ve known Gunner for twenty-five years,” Nelson said. “He and I worked closely together to build the Republican Party in Arkansas and I have great memories of Gunner being a conservative voice for us in the state legislature. I’ve seen his work on the bench. There is no doubt he is the conservative choice for the Supreme Court and I believe he’ll be a tremendous justice.”

In addition to serving as the Co-Chair of the state Republican Party, Mr. Nelson was twice the Republican Party nominee for Governor. Most recently he was appointed to the University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees. He has a long history of philanthropic and civic leadership in Arkansas.

In response, Judge DeLay said, “I truly appreciate Sheffield’s endorsement in this important race. Sheffield is recognized statewide as a leader in politics, business, and charitable work. I’m honored to have a person of his caliber back our campaign and I am proud to call him my friend.”

About Judge Gunner DeLay

Judge Gunner DeLay is a life-long Arkansan who grew up in Northwest Arkansas and graduated from Southside High School in Fort Smith. He attended the University of Arkansas where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in business administration and later received his law degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

At the age of 31, Gunner entered the arena of public service, when he was elected as a Republican State Representative in 1994 and then to the State Senate in 1998.

As a former Republican state legislator and prosecuting attorney, DeLay was appointed to serve on the bench by Governor Asa Hutchinson in 2018. He was re-elected as circuit judge without opposition in 2020.

Gunner and his wife Robin have four children and two grandchildren. They reside in Fort Smith, Arkansas.



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