January 04, 2012 EditionAlso in this issue...
Ratliff to seek re-election
State Representative James Ratliff of Imboden will seek the democratic nomination to the office for nearly formed District 60.
The new district will include all of Lawrence County, along with parts of Greene, Randolph and Sharp counties.
"If re-elected I will work full time at the representative job as I have the past year. This job is full time with at least four days a week in Little Rock helping the voters of the district," said Ratliff.
"I have worked hard the first year of the term and plan on working just as hard for the next year."
Rep. Ratliff is a member of the Judiciary Committee and a member of the Corrections/Criminal Law Subcommittee. He is also a member of the Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development Committee.
He is the chairmen of the Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Subcommittee and a member of the Joint Performance Review Committee.
If re-elected, Ratliff will be chairman of the Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development Committee, which is the most important committee for the agriculture industry in Arkansas. He also plans to participate in the education committee.
"In the last year I have worked hard to help the senior citizens, fire departments, schools, teachers, small businesses, cities, towns, military vets, emergency communications, police, farmers and helped to create jobs in the district," Ratliff stated.
"In the 88th general assembly we cut $45 million dollars from the budget and saved every taxpayer money. I have helped obtain grants for the cities of Sedgwick, Oil Trough, Ravenden, Newark and Cord, and obtained grants for the senior citizens in Walnut Ridge and Imboden.
"I also helped fire departments gain grants including Ravenden, Imboden, Black Rock, Strawberry, Lynn, Saffell, Cord, Clover Bend, Alicia, Portia, Hoxie, Walnut Ridge, Sedgwick and Western Greene County.
Ratliff is a 1978 Lynn High School graduate. He holds a bachelor of science in agriculture and a master's degree in agriculture, both from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.
He operates a family cattle farm on Martin Creek Road in Sharp County and enjoys fishing and hunting. He taught high school agriculture for 28 years at Corning and Hoxie.
Rep. Ratliff is married to the former Georgia Gail Prater, who is employed at Sloan-Hendrix School in Imboden. They have two children, Sherrie Johnson and husband Shawn, and Jamie DeJournett and wife Amanda.
They have seven grandchildren: Chase, Colby, Caylea, Cadee, Cassidy, Allie and Justin.
He and his wife are active members of the First Baptist Church of Imboden and are active in the community.
Rep. Ratliff pledges to listen to the people of District 60 and represent them to the best of his abilities.