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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Three-way for Capitol job

Posted By on Tue, Jun 16, 2009 at 8:51 AM

Land Commissioner Mark Wilcox announced his expected candidacy for secretary of state today. Makes at least three Democrats, including Pulaski Clerk Pat O'Brien and Sebastian County Clerk Doris Tate.

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LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands Mark Wilcox announced Tuesday his candidacy for Secretary of State.   Surrounded by family, friends and colleagues, Wilcox pledged his continued dedication to serving the people of Arkansas in State Government.   Current Secretary of State, Charlie Daniels, is term-limited and unable to seek reelection. 
 
“I’ve been honored to serve all of Arkansas as Land Commissioner,” said Wilcox.  “Together, with a remarkably hard working staff in the State Land Office and dedicated county officials across the state, we have achieved exceptional results for Arkansans.  I will continue that tradition in the Secretary of State’s office.”
 
Since 2003, Wilcox has served as Land Commissioner, during which time he has worked with Governor Mike Beebe, Secretary of State Charlie Daniels, our county officials and state legislators to get things done for Arkansas.  Since he took office, more than 44,000 parcels of land have been returned to tax generating status, ensuring tens of millions of dollars in revenue for our public schools. 


Before his election to statewide office, Wilcox served in Faulkner County Government for twelve years as a Justice of the Peace and then Tax Collector.  In 2006, he was elected by his peers to serve as President of the Western States Land Commissioners Association. 


“Mark Wilcox is an exceptional and committed public servant,” said Susan Jackson, Principal of Greenbrier High School and a long time family friend.  “Knowing Mark from our childhood together in Greenbrier and with his nearly two decades in county and state government, Mark has proven that his hard work ethic and hands on management style are what we need at the State Capitol.”


Wilcox praised Secretary Daniels and his staff for their tremendous job making Arkansas’s election process more efficient, assisting small businesses and entrepreneurs and improving Arkansas’s State Capitol, one of the state’s most admired historical monuments.    


“As Secretary of State, I’ll continue to move our voting process into the 21st Century, ensuring that every single vote is counted and every single election result is fair and accurate while protecting the private information of Arkansas voters,” Wilcox said of his plans if elected.  He added, “I’ll also work with Arkansas businesses to streamline the filing process and to make it more user friendly as well as continue to provide Arkansans with an accessible State Capitol they can be proud of.”


Mark and his wife, Lisa, have one son, Dustin, a daughter-in-law, Brandi and a grandson Braxton “Cruz” Wilcox. They are members of Lifesong Baptist Church of Greenbrier.


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