Charolette Wagner of Manila has announced her candidacy for State Representative for District 77. Wagner will seek the post held by Marvin Childers of Blytheville, who is term-limited and, hence, can no longer run for this position.
District 77 covers a portion of Blytheville and a portion of Osceola, along with Gosnell, Dell, Keiser, Dyess, Etowah, Manila and Leachville.
A northeast Arkansas native, Wagner graduated from Leachville High School and has resided in Manila most of her adult life. She received a BSE from Arkansas State University, an MSE from the University of Kentucky, and Arkansas Administration Certification from Arkansas State University.
Wagner was a Division Chair at the Mississippi County Community College (now renamed Arkansas Northeastern College); Assistant to the Dean in the Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; and an instructor at Arkansas State University. She also has held many positions at the public school level: administrator, Federal Programs and Grants coordinator, technology coordinator, Gifted & Talented coordinator, and teacher. In addition, she has worked as an Arkansas real estate broker. While in those capacities, Wagner was a member of numerous related organizations. She also has served on the Mississippi County Fine Arts Council in the past and is a member of the Arkansas Northeastern College Foundation Board.
Wagner is a dedicated family person and a member of the Methodist Church in Manila. She and her husband Wayne Wagner, a former state representative and attorney, have two children, both of Manila - Tommy, a physician, and Wes, a law school graduate practicing with his father.
Wagner is especially interested in economic development, education and healthcare for the district. Having been an educator and leader, Wagner commented, "I would like to continue to help improve the quality of life in District 77 and Mississippi County. My background and experience would allow me to be helpful immediately in Little Rock, which is very important with term limits. For example, the upcoming special session and upcoming regular legislative session in Little Rock will have a strong focus on education. Therefore, it is especially important now, perhaps more than ever before, to elect a person with a background at all levels of education. What happens now in education in the Delta will affect our schools and workforce for years to come."