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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Candidate for Pulaski clerk

Posted By on Tue, Jul 7, 2009 at 9:07 AM

I think we've mentioned this previously. But lawyer Larry Crane, chief deputy state auditor, has formally announced his candidacy for Pulaski County clerk. Clerk Pat O'Brien is running for secretary of state next year. Today, Larry Crane formally announced his intention to seek the office of Pulaski County Circuit Clerk in the Democratic Primary.  The current Circuit Clerk, Pat O’Brien, has announced that he will run for a state-wide office. 

      Crane, a licensed attorney for over 30 years, has practiced law extensively in both private practice and in government service.  He currently serves as Chief Deputy State Auditor for Arkansas State Auditor Jim Wood.  Previously, he served as an Assistant Attorney General with Attorney Generals Mike Beebe, Leon Johnson, Mark Pryor, and Bill Clinton.  During that time, Crane oversaw county government issues under Amendment 55, which re-organized Arkansas’ county government system, represented over 60 state agencies and commissions, drafted legal Opinions for the office, litigated administrative and civil cases, and worked on consumer protection issues. Crane also represented the Attorney General’s office on the State Board of Apportionment in re-drafting new legislative districts after the last census. Crane briefly served as Chief of Staff for Attorneys General Pryor and Johnson. Governor Clinton appointed Crane as his Legal Counsel and Extraditions Officer in the Governor’s Office. Under the Public Service Commission, Crane was appointed Director of Assessment Coordination, where Crane served for seven years overseeing state-wide property taxation issues and education and dealing with county government issues daily. 

      “I believe my professional legal experience combined with my government management service uniquely qualifies me for the position of Pulaski County Circuit Clerk.  I commit to use my knowledge and expertise to help the Circuit Clerk’s office operate more responsively and efficiently for the citizens and businesses of Pulaski County who rely on the accuracy of the records, voter registration system, and other functions of the office. I also hope to implement policies and practices that will better serve the legal profession and our court system.” 

      Crane received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arkansas, School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Henderson State College.  He and his wife, Pat, have three adult children, Christopher, Josh, and Cassie, and three wonderful grandchildren.   The Cranes attend Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church and are very active in their church and community.   

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