December 14, 2011 Edition

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Cavenaugh to run for seat

Ronald Cavenaugh, a farmer and small business owner from Walnut Ridge, has announced his candidacy for state representative in House District 60.

Under Arkansas' newly drawn legislative districts, all of Lawrence County, along with parts of Greene, Randolph and Sharp counties, are included in District 60.

"Small businesses create most of the jobs in Arkansas. As our new representative, I'll cut the red tape that stifles small business growth and job creation," Cavenaugh said. "It's time to get the government off the backs of small businesses so businesses can thrive and create more jobs for Arkansans."

Cavenaugh will run for state representative as a Republican. Last year, he ran as a Democrat and lost in a runoff with nearly 48 percent of the vote.

"I've been a conservative all my life," he said. "I've come to realize that the party of Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi doesn't represent the values of rural Arkansas. I'm proud to run as a Republican where I can stand up for the values of life, the Second Amendment, less government and lower taxes."

Cavenaugh and his wife, Kathy, have two adult daughters and are active members of the First Baptist Church of Walnut Ridge.

Ronald holds a bachelor's degree in agriculture from Arkansas State University and is a member of the Dryer Council at Riceland Foods. He is also a member of the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce and the National Rifle Association.

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