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click to enlarge HOW THE SAUSAGE IS MADE: Sen. Linda Chesterfield (D-Little Rock) at the Arkansas General Assembly.
  • HOW THE SAUSAGE IS MADE: Sen. Linda Chesterfield (D-Little Rock) at the Arkansas General Assembly.

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

U.S. senators and congressmen represent the interests of their constituents at the federal level. The authorities of Congress include the passage of new federal legislation, the amending or repealing of existing federal laws and the spending of federal tax dollars.

U.S. Sen. John Boozman (R)

1401 W. Capitol Ave., Suite 155, Little Rock, 72201

372-7153

141 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510

202-224-4843

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton (R)

P.O. Box 25216; Little Rock, 72221

223-9081

124 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510

202-224-2353

U.S. Rep. French Hill (R)

1501 N. University Ave., Suite 150, Little Rock, 72207

324-5941

1229 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515

202-225-2506

STATE GOVERNMENT

Constitutional officers

Arkansas's executive branch is headed by the governor, who has ultimate authority over the operations of most state agencies, from the Department of Human Services to the Department of Correction. The second-most important statewide elected office is the attorney general, who serves as counsel for the state and acts as an advocate for consumers. The secretary of state has authority over Arkansas's election records (although the administration of elections is handled by county officials). In addition to the governor, attorney general and secretary of state, Arkansas has four other constitutional officer positions not listed below: lieutenant governor, auditor, treasurer and land commissioner (you probably won't ever have cause to deal with them).

Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R)

State Capitol, 500 Woodlane St., Room 250, Little Rock, 72201

682-2345

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (R)

323 Center St., Room 200

General inquiries: 682-2007

Consumer hotline: 682-2341

Racial profiling hotline: 877-246-4404

Crime victims and outreach hotline: 682-1020

Medicaid fraud reporting hotline:  682-7760

Secretary of State Mark Martin (R)

State Capitol, 500 Woodlane St., Room 256

682-1010

State legislators representing a portion of Pulaski County

The Arkansas General Assembly creates the state's laws, controls how state tax revenue is spent and has limited influence over the operations of state agencies. Because state senators and representatives are elected to represent the interests of their constituents, contacting these officials is generally the most direct means for citizens to communicate with state government. Every resident of Arkansas has one senator and one representative. General inquiries to the House of Representatives can be directed to 682-6211 during the legislative session and 682-7771 when the General Assembly is not in session. The Senate's in-session number is 682-2902; its out-of-session number is 682-6107.

House District 29

Rep. Fredrick Love (D)

P.O. Box 4963, Little Rock, 72214

612-3939

fjlove@att.net

House District 30

Rep. Fred Allen (D)

19 Dover Drive, Little Rock, 72204

804-7844

fredallen99@comcast.net

House District 31

Rep. Andy Davis (R)

P.O. Box 30248, Little Rock, 72260

837-5109

andy.davis@arkansashouse.org

House District 32

Rep. James Sorvillo (R)

1925 Rainwood Cove Drive, Little Rock, 72212

551-9571

sorvillo4house@gmail.com

House District 33

Rep. Warwick Sabin (D)

P. O. Box 250508, Little Rock, 72225

372-4550

wsabin@wsabin.org

House District 34

Rep. John Walker (D)

1723 Broadway, Little Rock, 72206

614-9772

johnwalkeratty@aol.com

House District 35

Rep. Clarke Tucker (D)

111 Center St., Suite 1900, Little Rock, 72201

379-1767

clarke.tucker@arkansashouse.org

House District 36

Rep. Charles Blake (D)

201 W. Broadway St, Suite G1, North Little Rock, 72114

425-9824

charles.blake@arkansashouse.org

House District 37

Rep. Eddie Armstrong (D)

P. O. Box 5323, North Little Rock, 72119

866-980-9438

eddie.armstrong@arkansashouse.org

House District 38

Rep. Carlton Wing (R)

17 Dove Creek Circle, North Little Rock, 72116

carlton@carltonwing.com

House District 39

Rep. Mark Lowery (R)

229 Summit Valley Circle, Maumelle, 72113

837-5221

markdlowery@mac.com

House District 40

Rep. Douglas House (R)

8923 Bridge Creek Road, North Little Rock, 72120

590-1055

housedouglas@gmail.com

House District 41

Rep. Karilyn Brown (R)

P.O. Box 6677, Sherwood, 72124

580-9000

karilyn.brown@arkansashouse.org

House District 42

Rep. Bob Johnson (D)

511 N. First St., Suite 8, Jacksonville, 72076

982-1975

bobjohnsoncpa@gmail.com

Senate District 29

Sen. Eddie Joe Williams (R)

401 Cobblestone Drive, Cabot, 72023

286-9366

EddieJoe.Williams@senate.ar.gov

Senate District 30

Sen. Linda Chesterfield (D)

12 Keo Drive; Little Rock, 72206

888-1859

lchesterfield@comcast.net

Senate District 31

Sen. Joyce Elliott (D)

P.O. Box 4248, Little Rock, 72214

603-9546

Joyce.Elliott@senate.ar.gov

Senate District 32

Sen. Will Bond (D)

711 W. Third St.; Little Rock, 72201

396-5400

Will.Bond@senate.ar.gov

Senate District 33

Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson (R)

400 W. Capitol Ave., Suite 2910, Little Rock, 72201

773-3760

Jeremy.Hutchinson@senate.ar.gov

Senate District 34,

Sen. Jane English (R)

3 Great Oak Court, North Little Rock, 72116

257-7670

jane.english@senate.ar.gov

LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

County and municipal governments are responsible for administering local services, including law enforcement, maintenance of local roads, waste and recycling pickup, and maintenance of sewer and water systems. The county also runs the jail, administers local elections and collects property taxes.

The executive at the county level is the county judge, and the legislative body is the quorum court. The structure of municipal government varies according to the city: Some cities have a strong executive, others do not. In Little Rock, an unelected official, the city manager, is responsible for the broad day-to-day operations of the city.

Pulaski County

County Judge Barry Hyde (D)

340-8305

Sheriff Doc Holladay (D)

340-6600 (non-emergency)

Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley

340-8000

County/Circuit Clerk Larry Crane (D)

340-8500

Treasurer Debra Buckner (D)

340-6040

Assessor Janet Troutman Ward (D)

340-6170

Quorum Court, Justices of the Peace

District 1 — Doug Reed, 476-1932

District 2 — Tyler Denton, 340-8802

District 3 — Kathy Lewison, 224-5724

District 4 — Julie Blackwood, 425-2321

District 5 — Lillie McMullen, 224-2783

District 6 — Donna Massey, 231-6044

District 7 — Teresa Coney, 247-7946

District 8 — Curtis Keith, 537-1213

District 9 — Judy Green, 374-0679

District 10 — Robert Green, 400-4477

District 11 — Aaron Robinson, 982-1538

District 12 — Luke McCoy, 340-8310

District 13 — Phil Stowers, 993-6165

District 14 — Paul Elliott, 851-7999

District 15 — Staci Medlock, 944-8687

Little Rock

City services (non-emergency):

311 (within city limits); 371-4437 (outside city limits)

Administration

371-4510

Mayor Mark Stodola

City Manager Bruce T. Moore (unelected)

City Board of Directors:

Ward 1 — Erma Hendrix, 375-2216

Ward 2 — Ken Richardson, 379-8594

Ward 3 — Kathy Webb, 258-1949

Ward 4 — Capi Peck, 227-5623

Ward 5 — Lance Hines 257-0993

Ward 6 — Doris Wright, 565-6215

Ward 7 — B.J. Wyrick, 455-4701

Position 8 (at-large) — Dean Kumpuris, 663-1807

Position 9 (at-large) — Gene Fortson, 868-4664

Position 10 (at-large) — Joan Adcock, 565-6098

North Little Rock

City services:

975-8888

Mayor Joe Smith

975-8601

City Council

Ward 1:

Debi Ross, 753-0733

Beth White, 758-2738

Ward 2:

Maurice Taylor, 690-6444

Linda Robinson, 945-8820

Ward 3:

Steve Baxter, 804-0928

Ron Harris, 758-2877

Ward 4:

Charlie Hight, 944-0670

Murry Witcher, 835-0009

Maumelle

Mayor Michael Watson

851-2500

City Council

Ward 1, Pos. 1 — Steve Mosley, 240-6700

Ward 1, Pos. 2 — Ken Saunders, 425-5839

Ward 2, Pos. 1 — Marc Kelley, 803-9503

Ward 2, Pos. 2 — Rick Anderson, 920-1031

Ward 3, Pos. 1 — Terry Williams, 920-8684

Ward 3, Pos. 2 — G.K. Timmons, 804-3212

Ward 4, Pos. 1 — John Vaprezsan, 353-9651

Ward 4, Pos. 2 — Jess Holt, 681-9705

Jacksonville

Mayor Gary Fletcher

982-3146

City Council

Ward 1, Pos. 1 — Kenny Elliott, 982-5887

Ward 1, Pos. 2 — James Bolden, 569-0354

Ward 2, Pos. 1 — Kevin McCleary, 982-5144

Ward 2, Pos. 2 —Terry Sansing, 791-6220

Ward 3, Pos. 1 — Reedie Ray

Ward 3, Pos. 2 — Barbara Mashburn, 765-0767

Ward 4, Pos. 1 — Mike Traylor, 425-6158

Ward 4, Pos. 2 — Mary Twitty, 982-1721

Ward 5, Pos. 1 — Tara Smith, 349-1119

Ward 5, Pos. 2 — Les Collins, 944-6415

Sherwood:

City Hall/Mayor Virginia Hillman Young

835-6620

City Council

Ward 1 – Kenneth Keplinger and Charles Harmon

Ward 2 – Mary Jo Heye and Kevin Lilly

Ward 3 – Beverly Williams and Marina Brooks

Ward 4 – Tim McMinn and Mike Sanders

Alexander City Hall / Mayor Michelle Hobbs

455-2585

Wrightsville City Hall / Mayor McKinzie Riley

897-4547

Cammack Village City Hall / Mayor David Graf

663-8267

SCHOOL DISTRICTS

In a traditional public school district, voters elect school board members, who set policy for the district, make spending decisions and hire and fire its executive, the superintendent. However, the state Board of Education and the Education Department have the authority to seize control of a district and dissolve its elected board, under circumstances. In the event of a takeover, the (unelected) state Education Commissioner serves as the board until the district is returned to local control.

The state took control of the Little Rock School District in Jan. 2015 due to six out of the district's 48 campuses being deemed in "academic distress." In 2016, the state returned the Pulaski County Special School District to local control after five years of state takeover, and voters elected new members to the PCSSD school board in November. The Jacksonville-North Pulaski District, which was formerly part of the PCSSD, achieved full autonomy in 2016.

Traditional school districts are funded by local property tax revenue, state revenue and federal funds. In addition to its four traditional public school districts, Pulaski County is also home to a number of charter schools (which are publicly funded but privately administered) and private schools.

Little Rock School District

Superintendent Michael Poore

447-1005

North Little Rock School District

Superintendent Kelly Rodgers

771-8000

School Board:

Zone 1 – Dorothy Williams, 945-0696

Zone 2 – Tracy Steele, 580-9514

Zone 3 – Darrell Montgomery, 753-3687

Zone 4 – Taniesha Richardson-Wiley, 838-6711

Zone 5 – Scott Teague, 688-1809

Zone 6 – Sandi Campbell, 416-4554

Zone 7 – Luke King, 978-2252

Pulaski County Special School District

234-2000

Superintendent Jerry Guess

234-2001

School Board:

Zone 1 – Mike Kemp, mkemp@pcssd.org

Zone 2 – Tina Ward, tward@pcssd.org

Zone 3 – Linda Remele, lremele@pcssd.org

Zone 4 – Shelby Thomas, sthomas@pcssd.org 

Zone 5 – Alicia Gillen, agillen@pcssd.org

Zone 6 – Eli Keller, ekeller@pcssd.org

Zone 7 – Brian Maune, bmaune@pcssd.org

Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District

Superintendent Tony Wood

241-1180

School Board:

At-Large Position 1 – Daniel Gray, 960-3181

At-Large Position 2 – Ronald McDaniel,590-0183

Zone 1 – Marcia Dornblaser, 580-9156

Zone 2 – Carol Miles, 901-592-8081

Zone 3 – Jim Moore, 658-6361

Zone 4 – LaConda Watson, 350-0762

Zone 5 – Dena Toney, 988-5247

Ex Officio – Col. William Brooks

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