Why am I running for State Representative? It is a simple desire. That desire is to give a voice to the residents of District 26, which covers Bismarck, Diamond Head, Garvan Woodland Gardens Area, Magnet Cove, Malvern, Perla, Red Oak, and Rockport.
In 2017 I happily accepted the invitation from County Judge Dennis Thornton to be a part of the Executive Committee for the Hot Spring County Conversations.
None of us knew exactly where our task would lead us. The citizens of Hot Spring County collectively invested “tens of thousands of hours”. There were ten community-wide meetings, and dozens of smaller meetings. A two year process that launched a ten year action plan.
“Over 1500 residents participated in two county-wide and ten district meetings.
Another 3800 viewed the meetings by streaming video.”
The people of Hot Spring County were being heard. They were free to express
what they liked, and disliked in their communities. They expressed their hopes,
their challenges, and the areas they needed help with.
Across the County they were five common priorities.
Education and workforce development
Family recreation and youth activities
Health and public safety
Housing and real estate development.
(Including downtown development)
Each of our communities within the geographic school district boundaries formed a Steering Committee to carry out the top priorities in their community.
We know that our friends in SE Garland County share many of the same hopes, and challenges. That the top five priorities in their area are similar.
In addition to these five common priorities I am:
· For Pro-life
· For Second Amendment rights
· For balanced budget
· For reducing taxes
· For Grandparent’s rights
We hope to keep encouraging one another as individual communities move
forward with their ten year plans. Community based, and guided by their
Community Action Plan.
While all the candidates have strengths, I feel I have heard from the hearts of the people. We have a ten year plan. A plan that Governor Hutchinson came to
congratulate us on. I would like the opportunity to serve as your voice as State
Representative for District 26. Together we can move toward a brighter future.
Statistical information collected from “Our Vision of The Future-From the work of the citizens of Hot Spring County, Arkansas. Hot Spring County Conversations.”