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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

O'Brien for secretary of state

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 2009 at 10:48 AM

It's official. Pat O'Brien, the Pulaski County clerk and circuit clerk, has announced his candidacy for secretary of state. Charlie Daniels is term limited. Little Rock, Arkansas) – Pulaski Circuit/County Clerk Pat O’Brien announced today that he is a candidate for Arkansas Secretary of State in 2010.  O’Brien started accepting contributions in April and surpassed $100,000 prior to announcing.  O’Brien is a Democrat and will be seeking the party’s nomination in a primary to be held in May, 2010. 
“I have fulfilled my promise to clean up the Pulaski County Clerk’s office,” said O’Brien, “Now, I want to take those skills and make the Secretary of State’s office a leader in election reform and streamlined business services on a regional level.”  O’Brien was elected to his current position in 2004 and inherited an office under the cloud of Grand Jury investigations and Federal Consent Decrees.  Within two years, the enduring problems that crippled the office had been resolved due to his leadership.  He was re-elected without opposition in 2006 and 2008.  He has restored the stability and confidence in the Clerk’s office using common sense, hard work and the latest technology.
O’Brien has lived in Jacksonville since the age of three, working in the family business as a teenager and graduating from Jacksonville Public Schools.  He went on to receive his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville before returning home in 1995 to establish a general practice of law.  O’Brien also worked two years as Director of Operations for JKP Foods, Inc., which was a family owned business consisting of seven McDonald’s restaurants in North Pulaski County employing 350 people.  His public service includes one term as the Jacksonville representative on the Pulaski County Special School District Board.  He did not run for re-election in 2003.  O’Brien was also Chief of Staff for the 22nd Judicial District’s Prosecuting Attorney’s office in 2003.
If you have any questions about the press release, call Pat O’Brien at (501) 258-0548 or visit the campaign website at www.PatOBrienforArkansas.com

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