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Stumbaugh meets with farmers

Mickey D. "Stubby" Stumbaugh, mayor of Cabot and Republican candidate for Congress, met recently with some Lawrence County farmers at Ole Hickory in Hoxie. Larry Corbett (seated) of Alicia was his host.

John Bland

Mickey D. "Stubby" Stumbaugh, Republican candidate for Arkansas' First Congressional District seat, met in Hoxie recently with a group of Lawrence County farmers.

"Farmers would just as soon not have any subsidies if the market were free and open," said Stumbaugh, who has been mayor of Cabot for four years.

"We need to look at free and fair trade, but the government should provide a safety net until those markets are open."

"I'm going to work with Democrats and Republicans alike," Stumbaugh said.

While in Lawrence County, Stumbaugh shared with The TD his background and plans for the office of U.S. representative.

Born and raised in Cabot, Stumbaugh is one of seven children, being the third from the youngest. He said his family didn't have a lot when he was growing up. They ate pigeons, and the Jaycees brought his family toys for Christmas several years.

Those early experiences influenced Stumbaugh to want to give back as an adult. He gave back to the Jaycees by serving as state president from 1993 to 1994 and as the national vice president of the Jaycees (Junior Chamber of Commerce) from 1994 to 1995. In 2001, the Jaycees chose him as one of the "10 Outstanding Young Arkansans."

"I think it's time for the people in office to represent the people in Washington not represent Washington to the people," Stumbaugh said. "I feel the voting record of my opponent is not representative of the people in the first district," he added.

"A fourth of the state economy, over $5 billion, is agriculture, but my opponent left the agriculture committee to go to the appropriations committee," Stumbaugh said.

Regarding the most recent highway bill, Stumbaugh believes appropriations are not equitable. The First Congressional District, comprising a third of the counties in Arkansas, was projected to receive $38 million, while the other three districts are receiving $431 million. "We've got to have good roads to bring jobs here," he said.

Stumbaugh is concerned about the low pay, loss of population and loss of jobs in the first congressional district. "The decline concerns me.

"I know there is talk of a regional airport for this area. Man, what that would do for the economy ," Stumbaugh said.

He also shared what he has learned in talking with people in the district. "They're tired of partisan politics. They're disenchanted with both parties and are looking for someone to do the people's business, not the party's business."

"I'm a Republican because I believe we, the people of this country, founded our government on biblical beliefs, and we have a responsibility to stand up for the rights of unborn children.

"Republicans stand up for the right to bear arms. If we don't defend the Second Amendment we won't have a Constitution to defend.

"I'm a Republican because I believe less government is the best government. I would support a federal amendment to define marriage as between a man and a woman, as in the Bible."

Stumbaugh also talked about his accomplishments as mayor of Cabot. "It's been an opportunity and a challenge being mayor of the second fastest growing town in the state," he said.

The 2000 census recorded a population of 15,261 in Cabot, while the town's population by the end of 2010 is projected to be 35,000. Because of that growth, Cabot has contracted to pay for a special census.

Cabot has recently opened a new half-million-dollar animal shelter. A new $4.5 million Veterans Memorial Community Center was scheduled to be completed by Nov. 1 (today). The 35,000-square-feet center includes an indoor pool, track, basketball courts, a therapy pool, meeting rooms and more.

Other projects in the works for Cabot include: a $22 million water system improvement project, a $6 million railroad overpass and $2.3 million in road improvements.

"We have done all this without raising taxes a fraction of a cent," Stumbaugh said. In fact, during Stumbaugh's tenure, Cabot's budget has been reduced by $2.1 million by hiring a finance director.

Stumbaugh closed with this familiar adage, "The definition of insanity is to do the same old thing and expect different things to happen." He said he believes he has a proven record and the leadership abilities to make a difference as congressman.

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