March 10, 2010 Edition

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Rogers files for county judge

State Rep. J.R. Rogers of Walnut Ridge has announced that he will seek the office of Lawrence County judge. "I think the positions that I've held and my experience give me the ability to serve as a county judge," Rogers said.

Rogers served two years on the Walnut Ridge City Council, eight years as mayor of Walnut Ridge and is in his sixth year in the Arkansas House of Representatives for District 73.

"I have been a successful businessman for several years. I've also been in the trucking business and hauled asphalt and gravel all over this area," he said. "One of the main things we need to do in this county is fix our roads. This is a priority."

"Another priority is obtaining grant money and other monies to boost our county," Rogers said. "I believe my past record of getting nearly $8 million in grants as mayor will prove to be a big help to our county."

"Because of my experience as state representative I believe I will be even more effective in getting grants and bringing more grant monies to Lawrence County," he said. As state representative, Rogers has served as chairman of the state audit committee.

Rogers said his goals as county judge will be the following:

  • Striving for a better road system in Lawrence County.

  • Working with the mayors and other elected officials to bring more jobs to Lawrence County.

  • Giving full support to the county's hospital, Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

  • Making certain that every opportunity is taken to move Lawrence County forward.

"I will also be working hard to support our volunteer fire departments and senior citizens programs as I have always done in the past," he said.

Rogers, who filed Monday for the office, said that he waited to announce and file on the last day because he had sought medical attention for back problems. "I wanted to make sure I was going to be able to give 110 percent to the job," he said.

"I think everyone knows I'm a hard worker and that when I tell you something, you can believe it," he said.

Rogers is married to Michelle Rogers, the mayor of Walnut Ridge, and has a daughter, Johnna, and a son, John.

"I believe if you look at my past experience and the positions I've held, I think you'll see I have the experience to be an effective county judge."

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