Lifelong Arkansan and 20-year retired member Arkansas Army National Guardsman Donald McKinney announced today his bid as a Democrat for Arkansas House District 81.
"I'm proud to officially announce my candidacy for Arkansas House District 81," Donald McKinney said. "Our representation right now just isn't getting it done for this part of the state, and there's a growing consensus that it's time for new leadership. I see a real opportunity here to improve the lives of Arkansans in Crawford and Washington County."
Emphasizing his background as a tradesman and perspective as a father of four, McKinney says his top priorities if elected will be creating a strong workforce, fostering a growing economy, and improving the quality of Arkansas kids' educations. "We need younger working-class representation in the state House," McKinney said. "There are too many empty suits down at the Capitol who work for no one but special interests as they line their own pockets. We need to get back to the basics of leadership: decency, hard work, and a commitment to the people you represent.
"I believe my background in the National Guard, my experience as a tradesman, my perspective as a father of four, and my faith in God have given me a unique outlook suited for public service. I look forward to demonstrating my commitment to the folks of District 81 throughout the next year, so that by November 2018, they'll know who the right man for the job is."
Born in Fort Smith, Mr. McKinney resides in Mountainburg, Arkansas with his wife of ten years, Elizabeth McKinney. The two have four children. McKinney spent 21 years in the Army National Guard before retiring in 2016. McKinney attends Beyond Church in Alma. He enjoys golfing and hunting and is a gun-owning member of the Union Sportsmen Alliance.
Arkansas House District 81 covers Alma, Chester, Mountainburg, and Rudy in Crawford County. In Washington County it covers Elkins, West Fork, Winslow, and the eastern part of Fayetteville.