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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Linda Tyler announces for Senate

Posted By on Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 11:03 AM

State Rep. Linda Tyler made her expected announcement today that she'll seek a state Senate seat now held by term-limited Gilbert Baker. The seat will cover a reconfigured district that includes parts of Faulkner and Perry County. It could produce a general election race between Tyler, a Democrat who won headlines for leading a committee that defeated radical anti-abortion legislation this year, and Republican Sen. Jason Rapert, a part-time evangelist who's among the most conservative members of the legislature. Tyler is no liberal, certainly on the business end of the spectrum. She's a middle-of-the-roader, a path that served a senator named Mike Beebe well. But times have changed. Rapert is a Tea Partying extremist, a virtue for many voters in recent times, particularly 2010.

Note Tyler's emphasis of her religion — albeit Methodist, one of those dwindling mainstream denominations.

ALSO IN CONWAY: Dr. Steve Magie, an ophthalmologist, announced as Democratic candidate for an open House seat in new District 72.


CONWAY, ARKANSAS — Linda Tyler announced her candidacy for the Arkansas State Senate on Wednesday.

“After much soul searching and prayer, and countless hours of talking to people here in Conway and Faulkner County, I feel called to continue to serve our community. Today, I am announcing my candidacy for the Arkansas State Senate,” Linda said in a video announcement sent to supporters via email and shared with Faulkner and Perry County citizens through social media channels Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

During her four years in the Arkansas House of Representatives serving parts of Conway and Faulkner County, Linda has always made people her priority over any political agenda.

In the video Linda goes on to say, “I broke ranks with the leadership of my own party to work with the natural gas industry so we can create new jobs. Nobody’s gonna’ fight harder to create jobs and grow our local economy. Nobody.”

During her four-years as a State Representative, Linda co-sponsored part of the largest tax cut in Arkansas history, which has cut the grocery tax by hundreds of millions of dollars and she is committed to “finishing the job.” In the 2011 legislative session, Linda voted for more than $35 million in tax cuts to provide tax relief for hard-working Arkansas families and small business owners.

Linda was a leader in the effort to save our state more than $800 million in skyrocketing public safety and jail costs over the next decade while still keeping harmful criminals behind bars.

Linda also noted, “I worked to balance the state budget, to create jobs, to improve public safety, and to help organizations like the Conway Senior Citizens Center and Boys and Girls Clubs to get access to existing transportation money for essential shuttle services.”

Linda and her husband, Hugh, have lived in Conway for more than forty years, actively participating in the city’s growth during that time. As a steadfast part of the community, they graduated from the University of Central Arkansas, raised both their children in the Conway Public School system and are established members of First United Methodist Church. Linda worked her way up in Conway’s business community before retiring after 20 years with Acxiom. Today, she is a small business owner with her son.

“When I retired from Acxiom, my love for Conway, and my personal faith, drew me into serving you in the Arkansas House. My faith has always guided me, while striving to maintain the highest ethical standards in my personal and professional life,” Linda says.

For decades, Linda has served with numerous local organizations, including the Conway Regional Hospital Foundation Board, the Conway Regional Women’s Council, the Faulkner County Library Board, the University of Central Arkansas Foundation Board and the United Way of Faulkner County. Her service also includes the American Association of Kidney Patients Board and the National Kidney Foundation.

In the House, Linda served as Chair of the Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee on the State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee, on the Arkansas Legislative Council and on many other committees where she has advocated for the citizens of Faulkner County.

Linda is a member of the Fayetteville Shale Caucus, supporting smart growth of natural gas exploration that has led to job creation in many communities across Arkansas.

Linda will be running in the newly created Senate District 35, which includes portions of Faulkner and Perry Counties and the cities of Conway, Enola and Holland.

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