With less than one term in the Arkansas House of Representatives under his belt, Rep. Gary Stubblefield, R-Branch, has decided to jump into the race for Arkansas Senate District 6.
The newly created district was one of the few of Arkansas’ 35 Senate districts to not have an incumbent. Former Reps. John Paul Wells, a Democrat from Paris, and George Overbey, a Democrat from Lamar, are rumored to be interested in seeking the open Senate seat.
Senate District 6 includes all or portions of Franklin, Johnson and Logan counties. (See district map below.)
Building upon anti-Obama sentiment, the Republican Party of Arkansas is hoping to obtain a majority in the Arkansas House and Senate in the 2012 election cycle. Democrats have 54 House seats to the Republican 46, and 20 Senate seats to 15 for Republicans. Both parties are gearing up to either maintain or gain control of the Arkansas Legislature.
Stubblefield plans to run a campaign focused on cutting taxes, reducing regulations and protecting the unborn.
Following is the candidacy statement from Stubblefield.
Republican State Representative Gary Stubblefield has announced his candidacy for the Arkansas State Senate District 6. The newly created Senate District will encompass all of Logan and Yell Counties, and it will include large portions of both Franklin and Johnson Counties.
Stubblefield currently represents State House District 67 in his first term in the Arkansas Legislature. He serves on the Public Transportation Committee, the Aging, Children, and Youth Committee, Legislative and Military Affairs Committee, Joint Committee on Energy, and the Legislative Council.
“In my first term as a State Representative, I fought hard for lower taxes, smaller government, and less regulations on small businesses,” Stubblefield explained.
“And as the next State Senator, I plan to continue to work for the taxpayers and make sure that every tax dollar paid to the government is spent wisely. I will be laser focused on fighting for legislation that will create jobs.”
Stubblefield has previously served as a member of the Quorum Court, the School Board, and the Farm Service Commission.
“As someone born and raised in rural Arkansas,” Stubblefield continued. “I understand the importance of conservative, family values. I have stood up for the rights of the unborn child, and I will always protect their rights as a State Senator.”
Stubblefield is a former Arkansas Razorback football player as well as a successful farmer. He is the owner of Valley View Farms in Branch, Arkansas.
Married to his wife Kathi for 37 years, together they have one son and one daughter.