August 17, 2011 Edition

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Thompson to seek re-election

State Sen. Robert Thompson has announced that he is running for re-election next year.

"I am proud to have served Northeast Arkansas in the state senate since 2007," Thompson said. "I hope to work hard for the people in my district for four more years."

Thompson's current legislative district includes Clay, Greene and Lawrence counties and part of Craighead County. After the recent legislative redistricting plan was approved by the state Board of Apportionment in July, Thompson's district will grow to include part of Randolph County, including the city of Pocahontas, as well as the city of Brookland in Craighead County.

"My focus over the next four years will be keeping Arkansas' budget balanced while promoting job growth and economic development," Thompson said.

"Our state is one of the very few that has kept its budget balanced while avoiding massive job cuts or reduction in education and other state services," he explained. "We need this continued responsible leadership in order to grow the economy and remain competitive."

In the legislature, Thompson has worked to provide funding for drug courts, to fight crime and drug addiction. As a member of the Joint Budget Committee, Thompson has worked to keep Arkansas' budget balanced while voting for over $30 million in tax cuts during the recent legislative session.

A native of Paragould, Robert Thompson is a lawyer and former deputy prosecuting attorney. Before his election to the Senate in 2006, he served one term in the state House. He and his wife, Tori, have two sons and a daughter.

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