Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Gene Jeffress announces 4th District bid

Posted By on Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 1:09 PM

It is for real. Sen. Gene Jeffress indeed has made a formal announcement as the first Democrat to declare for the open 4th District congressional seat. He's low tech so far. Got a text attachment to an e-mail from a family member. No Facebook, Twitter or other social media tools in use just yet. No money either. It is important to remember that the Republicans who are busy raising money have a contested primary. So far, Jeffress doesn't, though the longer you raise money and the more you pile up, the better.

Jeffress, a music minister, invokes the Creator in his release and promises straight talk. No "cleverly worded statements and procedural tricks."

His release:

October 11, 2011

State Senator Gene Jeffress of Louann announced Tuesday that he would seek election to the United
States Congress from the Fourth District of Arkansas.

Jeffress, a Democrat, has served in the Arkansas House of Representatives and the Arkansas Senate
since 1999, representing the districts in south central Arkansas generally composed of Union, Ouachita,
Calhoun, and Columbia Counties.

He and his wife, Cynthia, have been married for 43 years and have a daughter and two sons, with five
grandchildren. They all live in Ouachita County.

"I know what it means to raise a family in today’s world, and the lessons I learned from my family will
guide every decision I make as the Congressman from Arkansas’ 4th District," Jeffress said.

Jeffress graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello where he received a BME degree in
music education. He taught choral music in the Camden Fairview Public Schools for 28 years before
retiring in 1999. He was the Minister of Music at the Cullendale Baptist Church in Camden for 18 years,
where he also serves as a deacon. He is working in the music ministry at the Fairview United Methodist
Church in Camden. Jeffress is a former member of the Camden Lion’s Club and serves on the Eliott Rural
Fire Department.

In the Arkansas General Assembly Jeffress chairs the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, and
Economic Development and is a member of the Senate Education Committee. He also is on the Joint
Committee on Public Retirement and Social Security Systems, a committee he formerly chaired. Also,
he is vice-chair of the Claims Review Subcommittee and the Game and Fish/State Police Subcommittees
of the Legislative Council.

"For about the past six weeks, as I pondered my decision to run for Congress, I visited 29 of the 33
counties within the newly drawn Fourth District." Jeffress said. "I've learned that people all over the
district want the same thing out of their government officials…integrity, openness and accountability. "

"I will not forget those virtues if I am elected as the next U. S. Congressman from the Fourth District.
I've represented my constituents in South Arkansas with dignity and honor for the past 13 years and I
pledge to carry that commitment through into Congress as well," Jeffress said. "My record in the state
Legislature is open for all to see."

"That means I will tell people the unvarnished truth instead of always telling them what they want to
hear. It means I will be honest about my position on issues and I won't try to obscure my actual record
with cleverly worded statements and procedural tricks," Jeffress said.

"I look forward to meeting as many of you as I possibly can in the next few months and to personally ask
you for your vote and support," Jeffress said. "With your help and with the divine intercession of the
Creator of the Universe, we can make Arkansas a better place in which to live, work, play and raise our

"Everyone who knows me and my work in the state Legislature can vouch for the fact that I am a person
of conservative values, and a person whose word has always been his bond. That will not change if I am
elected," Jeffress said.

Jeffress said he would present policy statement on a regular basis to outline his stand on issues affecting
American society and government. He is putting together his campaign organization and plans to have
it in place by early 2012.

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