May 12, 2010 Edition

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Three seeking Democratic
nomination for state rep.



Shantelle Prater
Staff Writer

Candidates contending for state representative for District 73 in the Democratic Primary Election on Tuesday are Ronald Cavenaugh of Walnut Ridge, Blaine Davis of Hoxie and James Ratliff of Imboden.

The winner will face Republican Chad Mosley in the November General Election.

A lifelong Lawrence County resident, Cavenaugh graduated from Walnut Ridge High School in 1970 and is a 1975 graduate of Arkansas State University with a bachelor of science degree in agriculture.

"If elected as your state representative, I will work hard to make our communities a better place to raise our youth, improve the quality of life for our citizens, help small businesses expand and create jobs and help secure additional investments for infrastructure," said Cavenaugh. "I would appreciate your vote of confidence in the May primaries."

Cavenaugh is a small business owner and farmer. He and his wife, Kathy, have two daughters, Andrea and Katelin.

Davis, who has been a Democrat since he was registered to vote, first become interested in politics when he began working for local county officials creating computer programs to help streamline their offices.

"I hope that the people have had a chance to meet me and understand that I'm an honest, hard working man who wants nothing more than the best for this area," said Davis.

He has lived in Walnut Ridge and Hoxie since 1997, and he holds an accounting degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He and his wife, Nikki Fowler Davis, have been married for 12 years and have two children.

Davis is also an active participant in several community activities including the local Walk of Hope fund-raiser. He also participates in Main Street Dance, local fund-raisers hosted by his church and helps with his son's fourth-grade football team at Walnut Ridge.

Ratliff, Hoxie High School vocational agriculture teacher for 17 years, has served on the 4-H advisory board for 10 years and remains active in the Lawrence/Randolph Cattlemen Association.

He has been in the cattle business for 30 years and helped the Lawrence County Fair receive two grants in the past year to use towards improving the fairgrounds. He has been a member of the Lawrence County Fair Board for 18 years, 12 of which he has served as president.

"I am a hard working family man who cares about everyone in District 73. I am ready to serve the people and will be a full-time representative, voicing everyone's concerns at the capitol," Ratliff said. "I will work to bring better jobs and will support local school districts, as well as all towns by applying for grants and additional funding for local communities. In addition, I promise to hold town meetings to listen to each individual's concerns, and I will apply Arkansas values to better serve the people."

A 1978 honor graduate of Lynn High School, Ratliff holds a bachelor of science in agriculture and a master of science in agriculture education, both from Arkansas State University. He and his wife, Georgia, have been married for 19 years. They have two children and six grandchildren.

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