January 23, 2008 Edition

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Freeman announces
bid for county judge



Dale Freeman formally announced on Monday that he will seek the office of Lawrence County Judge in the May 20 Democratic Primary Election.

"The main reason I'm running is because Lawrence County can do better," Freeman said.

Freeman, who is now a cattle farmer, retired from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad after 36 years of service. With over 20 years of experience, Freeman has had a lifelong desire for public service. He has served as justice of the peace and city councilman, as well as mayor of Portia and Minturn.

He is also the chairman of the Democratic Central Committee, and in 2005 was awarded the Harold Jinks Award from the Democratic Party of Arkansas for Most Outstanding Male Democrat. Freeman, who was appointed to the Arkansas Rural Development Commission by Gov. Mike Beebe earlier this year, has secured approximately $4 million in grants for various projects in Lawrence County.

"I have the ability to write grants, and I also have an excellent working relationship with state and federal elected officials. If elected, I will work with the Quorum Court, as well as state and national leaders, to improve our communities, roads and schools.

"I will be more efficient with the taxpayers' hard-earned money. I will take bids on all work, equipment and gravel to keep as much money in Lawrence County as possible. I will not support raising taxes or millage rates. I promise to be a hands on judge with an open door policy, either myself or the road foreman will be available seven days a week."

Dale and his wife, Mary, live in Powhatan.

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