Whitaker Seeks Second Term In State House

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State Rep. David Whitaker, D-Fayetteville, announced Tuesday (Oct. 8) he is seeking re-election to a second two-year term in the state House.

“It has been an honor serving the people of Fayetteville and Farmington in the Legislature, and I want to continue to work with them to create good, meaningful legislation during my second term in the House,” Whitaker said in a news release.

Whitaker, an Air Force veteran and former Fayetteville assistant city attorney, defeated Democrat Maylon Rice in the 2012 primary election and Republican Paul Graham in the general election. Whitaker ran for the open House seat after former Democratic Rep. Uvalde Lindsey opted to run for the state Senate. Lindsey was elected to the Senate in 2012.

Whitaker, who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2010, said in the news release issued on Oct. 8 that his goal “has always been to put working families first”

“I am going to fight hard to continue working for good schools, good jobs, and good government for the families in my district,” Whitaker said.

According to the news release, Whitaker in the 2013 legislative session succeeded in passing legislation that created “a new type of corporation in Arkansas, benefit corporations (B-corps), which give back to the communities where they are headquartered.” He also helped pass legislation creating a license plate honoring Vietnam veterans.

A 1999 University of Arkansas School of Law graduate, Whitaker is an adjunct faculty member in paralegal studies at NorthWest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville. His wife, Lisa Raney Whitaker, is a pharmacist at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville.

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