Eads enters GOP primary for Northwest Arkansas House seat

Republican primaries keep popping up across the Fort Smith and Northwest Arkansas areas, with the latest primary taking place in House District 88, a district represented by first-term Rep. Randy Alexander, R-Fayetteville.

Lance Eads, vice president of economic development at the Springdale Chamber of Commerce, announced Monday (Feb. 24) that he would challenge Alexander in the May 20 Republican primary.

Eads, a Springdale resident who has previously served on the Washington County Quorum Court and as chair of the Springdale Advertising and Promotion Commission, wrote in a press release announcing his candidacy that he wants to take his "pro-business attitude to the State Capitol in Little Rock."

"I have been blessed to play a part in Springdale's tremendous job growth as an economic developer and I want to do everything I can to help foster an environment where our companies are able to add more and better jobs for our residents and give our children the opportunities they deserve," Eads said.

The graduate of Prairie Grove High School and Ouachita Baptist University touts himself as "a pro-life conservative who supports the freedoms given with the Second Amendment and believes government should limit its reach to allow the free enterprise system to drive the economy."

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Eads is a member of Cross Church in Springdale (formerly First Baptist Church of Springdale), where he leads a weekly adult Bible study. He and his wife, Kim, live in Har-Ber Meadows with their daughters, Madilyn, 13, and Jami Grace, 9.

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