Henry Edgar "Eddie" Dunigan, 58, of Black Oak has announced plans to run for state representative in District 76 as a Democrat.
Dunigan comes from a diversified background. He has taught school and driven a school bus for the past 36 years. He taught eight years at Lake City, one year at Lepanto and the last 27 years at Buffalo Island Central.
In addition to being an educator, Dunigan has an agriculture background as he and his brother, Danny, have worked as agricultural consultants for local farmers during the summers for 41 years.
"I've worked in factories, former owner of Black Oak Cable TV, and grocery stores," he said. "I've picked cotton and chopped cotton. I know about working."
Dunigan also serves as a minister for the Cockrum Church of Christ and is an elder in the Black Oak Church of Christ.
He has over 20 years of service in local government serving as alderman and recorder of the Black Oak City Council.
"I feel I can truly be a true and trusted representative of the people in District 76," Dunigan said.
Brookland, Bay, Caraway, Monette, Lake City, Black Oak and a northeast corner of Jonesboro make up District 76.
"I have lived here all of my life and I plan on continuing to be here," Dunigan said.
Serving as state representative has been something Dunigan has wanted to do for years.
Dunigan is married to the former Deb Whitley. They have four children, Tommy Dunigan and wife, Brooke, and daughters, Mollie Beth Couch and Keelie Dunigan, all of Black Oak; Johnny Dunigan of Monette; Leah Gathright and husband, Justin, and daughters, Madalyn, Presley and Chandler, all of Monette; and Rachel Dunigan of the home.