May 16, 2012 Edition

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Republicans honor John Allen



Congressman Rick Crawford (left) presents John Allen of Hoxie with a copy of the Congressional Record praising Allen for his lifetime of public service. Allen was honored during the Lawrence County Lincoln Day Dinner on Friday evening.

The Lawrence County Republican Committee honored John Allen at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Friday for his service to the Republican Party and the community, state and nation.

He received accolades from Congressman Rick Crawford, Woody Freeman of Jonesboro and former Cabot Mayor Stubby Stumbaugh. Certificates and awards were given by the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, the Lawrence County Republican Committee and Secretary of State Mark Martin's office.

A letter from former Governor Mike Huckabee was read recognizing Allen's lifetime of service, and former Senator Tim Hutchinson sent a video praising Allen for his many years of dedicated service.

Allen served as chairman of the Lawrence County Republican Committee for 16 years and served four years as the First District Chairman of the Republican Party of Arkansas. He also served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention six times.

He was Arkansas co-chairman of the 1980 Reagan for President Campaign and campaign manager for a gubernatorial campaign and congressional campaign.

Allen also served as state director of USDA-Rural Development, director of the Arkansas Assessment Coordination Department and chairman of the Arkansas Transportation Commission.

He has served as a member of the National Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Regulatory Review Panel commissioned by Congress and the Northeast Arkansas Intermodal Authority.

Other areas of service include: Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce Board, of which he served as president; alderman, Hoxie City Council; president, Walnut Ridge Jaycees; finance director, Lawrence County March of Dimes; scoutmaster, Hoxie Scout Troop; president, Walnut Ridge Lions Club; and lay leader, Hoxie United Methodist Church.

He currently serves on the board of directors for the Lawrence County Children's Shelter and Northeast Arkansas Public Water Authority.

There were approximately 150 people in attendance including three former state chairmen of the Republican Party of Arkansas. Also attending were Allen's wife, Elaine; his daughter, Andrea Allen; and his sons, Andy Allen and Matt and Chrissy Allen.

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