Candy Clark, a Democrat and member of the Washington County Quorum Court, announced Friday (Oct. 25) she is running for the Arkansas House of Representatives.
Clark is seeking the House District 84 seat held by Rep. Charlie Collins, R-Fayetteville, who is running for lieutenant governor.
A former member of the Fayetteville Planning Commission, Clark has been on the Quorum Court for five years.
She owns C & C Commercial & Industrial Cleaning Service and co-owns All Around Self Storage, employing more than 50 people, she said in a news release on Friday.
She said she understands the “real world realities involved with making payroll, paying taxes, and keeping a workforce of over 50 people employed.”
“I am committed to bringing this same common sense to our state government as a member of the Arkansas Legislature,” she said.
She said as chairman of the county’s Finance and Budget Committee, she has worked with the other Quorum Court members “to pass a balanced budget and cut property millage with no loss in county services.”
“We have also built a coroner’s building, animal shelter, parking deck, and finished renovations to the Historical Courthouse, all without raising taxes,” she said.
A Fayetteville resident for more than 45 years, Clark is a Fayetteville High graduate and hold undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Arkansas.
“In addition to wise management of public spending, I am interested in advancing economic development and improving the quality of public education,” she said. “My mother was a teacher in the Fayetteville Public Schools for 26 years, and I taught at the University of Arkansas when I was in graduate school. I am strongly committed to assuring that our local public schools and the University of Arkansas are the best that they can be. Our children are our future, and we must make sure they have the knowledge and skills to compete in the 21st Century. I want to make sure they have the necessary resources and funding from our state government.”