Gary Latanich begins pitch for 1st District congress | Arkansas Blog

Monday, January 9, 2012

Gary Latanich begins pitch for 1st District congress

Posted By on Mon, Jan 9, 2012 at 11:23 AM

He starts with scant name recognition, but a self-description as a "lifelong, true-blue Democrat" is a good start for Gary Lataninch, an ecomomics professor at Arkansas State University, about his Democratic candidacy for 1st District congress. The seat is now held by Republican Rick Caldwell Crawford. State Rep. Clark Hall of Marvell has also announced as a Democratic candidate.

Here's his website.


"I am ready to go to work for Arkansas." Gary Latanich has spent the past 30 years at Arkansas State University and is currently a Professor of Economics.

"Our country needs to set fiscal priorities that put families back to work. I have the knowledge, understanding, and ability to craft better economic policies for a better future.

As Arkansas’ next Congressman, I will extend tax cuts that help working families, while making sure Arkansas has the money it needs to pay our educators, firefighters, and police. On matters of healthcare I will work to create a balance between access and cost. ‘Voucherizing’ our healthcare puts Arkansas families at risk and does nothing to address the rising costs of healthcare. Social Security is a commitment that must be kept to our seniors and future generations of Americans. I will defend that commitment. We also need long-term solutions to address our crumbling bridges and aging infrastructure.

My confidence lies in something Henry Ford once said: ‘What's right about America is although we have a mess of problems, we have a great capacity -intellect and resources- to do something about it."

Gary Latanich is ready to work for Arkansas.

For more information about Gary and his plan for Arkansas see & facebook/

Gary Latanich is a professor of economics and the director of the Center for Economic Education; he has been a member of the faculty of Arkansas State University since 1981. He holds a PhD from the University of Nebraska and is a former assistant dean and MBA director in the College of Business, a member of former Governor Clinton's Council of Economic Ad visors, and past president of the Missouri Valley Economic Association. Contributing economics editor for the Jonesboro Sun, 1991 -2011.

A military veteran, Gary enlisted in the Air Force and served 4 years in Vietnam; from 1966-1970. In 1969 he was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for meritorious service.

Gary is married to his wife of 39 years, Rosemary. He has five children and lives in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

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