Tommy Wagner has announced his candidacy for the Manila School District Board of Directors.
Wagner was co-valediction of his 1994 Manila graduating class. He also enjoyed participating in basketball, baseball, and golf during high school. He is a graduate of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.
Wagner is interested both in academics and extra curricular activities. "Academics must be the first priority for students, and I am interested in Manila being excellent in all subject areas," Wagner emphasized. "In addition, extra curricular activities are important because they build character, promote unity, and give students the incentive to keep their grades up, be a part of the school, and stay in school," he said.
Wagner is a member of several statewide boards. Governor Mike Beebe appointed him to the Tobacco Control Board. He was elected to the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Family Physicians and also elected Chairman of the Legislative Committee for the AAFP. In addition, he was elected to the Board of Trustees for the Arkansas Medical Society. Finally, Wagner is a founding member of the Board for First Response Physicians in Arkansas.
"My parents have always emphasized that local community involvement is vital, especially in rural Arkansas. I have been active on the statewide level, and now I have an opportunity to start giving back to the local community that has been good to me. Therefore, I want to get involved by being on the school board. I would like to do my part to help Manila continue to have an excellent school." Wagner said.
Wagner is a Family Practice Physician, owning Wagner Medical Clinic on the By-pass in Manila. He has made a commitment to live in his hometown of Manila, and his son Ty Wagner will be entering kindergarten in Manila this year.
Wagner is the son of Wayne and Charolette Wagner and the brother of Wes Wagner, an attorney. All live and work in Manila.
Wagner will be placed on the Sept. 16 ballot for school board position number three.