January 13, 2010 EditionAlso in this issue...
Freeman announces candidacy
With over 30 years of government experience, Freeman has served as Portia city alderman, mayor of both Portia and Minturn, justice of the peace, chairman of the Lawrence County Democratic Party, and Budget Committee Member for the Democratic Party of Arkansas. He currently serves as an Arkansas Rural Development Commissioner as appointed by Gov. Mike Beebe.
"Over the next few months I will visit with as many of you as I can, but in case I miss you, I want to take this time to ask for your vote," Freeman's announcement stated.
"I have excellent working relationships with elected officials from Little Rock to Washington, D.C., and when elected I will be a full-time county judge as I do not have any businesses or obligations that will require me to take time away from the job at hand.
"I will be a hands-on judge with an open door policy and I will have a job for each member of the quorum court because we must work together to improve this great county.
"As mayor of Portia I secured over four million grant dollars and as county judge I plan to continue to go after grants to help maintain and build better roads and work to bring industry to Lawrence County to create more jobs.
"I will maintain all 1,492 miles of county roads year round, and I will spend Lawrence County tax dollars in Lawrence County when possible.
"Politicians always make promises during campaigns, some they keep, and some they can't. The only thing that I will promise is that I will do the job to the best of my ability and the betterment of Lawrence County will always be my first priority."