Mayor David Fletcher announces candidacy for State Representative

Wednesday, September 10, 2003
Mayor David Fletcher

Monette Mayor David Fletcher announced his plans to run for State Representative, District 76.

Fletcher is a Monette native born Dec. 7, 1941 in Monette. He is a fourth generation Eastern Craighead County resident. He has one son, Andy, who is 22 and a nursing student.

Fletcher is a 29 year veteran of the Untied States Air Force where he retired as Chief Master Sergeant. He is a member of the Monette Baptist Church.

During his military career, he was the ranking non-commissioned officer at the Pentagon responsible for a $44 million postal and small parcel operation for the United States Air Force. And ranking non-commissioned officer responsible for the military postal system operating in the United Kingdom and Servicing United States Military personnel throughout Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. Pentagon ranking non-commissioned officer responsible for legislative and intergovernmental issues related to military postal affairs and was attached to the military side of the second Ronald Reagan Presidential Inauguration.

He was also assigned to logistics and security operations for Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.

He has served as Craighead County Veterans Service officer for the last 10 years.

He is currently serving his second term as Mayor of the City of Monette. He is a member of the Board of Craighead County Crime Stoppers and a member of the Northeast Arkansas Regional transit Authority. He serves on the joint city-county community transportation committee, and a member of Buffalo Island leadership Council, alumnus, Arkansas State University Regional Leaders, and Arkansas Representative, The Delta Leaders Program 2003-2004.

He is a member of the American Legion, The Disabled American Veterans and The Air Force Association.

Fletcher announces his campaign platform:

"I pledge to work to enact and implement legislation that aggressively targets our rampant drug crisis by blending "Drug Courts" for non-violent fire-time offenders with work-based incarceration for violent and/or repeat offenders to both reduce the expense of our prison system and to more effectively reduce the rate of recidivism. The expansion of prison/jail space is the number one "growth industry" state-wide. Obviously, our decade-long approach to combating the cancer of street drugs has failed; we Must develop a new approach if we are to bet this social "cancer.

"I pledge to work to enact and implement legislation that will provide the children of Eastern Craighead County an education that prepares them for lie in the 21st Century. While believing that the schools in Craighead County have set the pace for educational standards in Arkansas, I also accept the fact that we, both in Northeast Arkansas and the state as a whole, can and must provide even better academic opportunities for our sons and daughters if they are to be competitive in the field of higher education or the world of work. Although how this will be accomplished promises to be both costly and controversial, we must not shrink from the challenge facing us: the provision of the best comprehensive education for our children that we can possibly afford. Our small communities cannot survive if our children do not have an economic reason to choose them for their adult homes. Our state cannot prosper unless our children have the current knowledge and modern skills that allow them to compete both nationally and internationally for a respectable income and a secure future. Moreover, our nation is doomed to mediocrity and demise if we continue to ignore the daily challenge to create a system of educational excellence that meets the tests of tomorrow, not yesterday."

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