Rep. Ray Kidd seeks judgeship position

Thursday, September 24, 2009
Ray Kidd

JONESBORO--State Representative Ray Kidd, a long time resident of Jonesboro, announced his campaign for Craighead County Judge ahead of the opening of the District Fair next week. Kidd, a local small business owner and three-term State Representative, will seek the seat in 2010.

Kidd was first elected to represent District 76 in the House of Representatives in 2004. Before then, he forged a successful management career with the Walgreen Company, and currently owns his own small business in Jonesboro.

"I've worked hard at the State Capitol to ensure that our county is taken care of, from lowering taxes to securing general improvement funds," Representative Kidd said. "I'll bring this experience with me as your County Judge. If elected, I will make sure our county officials and employees have the tools they need to continue improving government services and county infrastructure while spending wisely to keep an eye on our budget."

During his tenure in the House, Representative Kidd has been a member of the National Council of State Legislators, where he served on the Transportation Committee. In the Legislature, he was a member of the House City, County, and Local Affairs and the House Public Transportation Committees where he voted on a wide variety of issues that affect county government.

"Having served on several important committees, I know how good infrastructure can really boost our economy," said Kidd. "Highways, bridges and good traffic flow will make sites here more appealing to businesses looking to bring new jobs and also help businesses that are already a part of our community become more productive."

Kidd also said, if elected, he will make finishing the Bono Lake Project a priority to bring another source of family entertainment and tourist revenue to the area.

A co-sponsor of legislation to lower the tax on groceries and to increase the homestead exemption, Kidd is a proponent of lowering taxes where the budget will allow and ensuring smart use of taxpayers' dollars to maintain a balanced budget.

Representative Kidd marks the signing of Paul's Law by Governor Beebe as a highlight of his legislative achievements.

"I was honored to sponsor legislation which made text messaging while driving illegal," Kidd said. "Paul Davisson was killed in a traffic accident by another driver who was text messaging as opposed to paying attention to the road. It's an accident that should not have happened, and now we've made our roads safer."

Kidd is a member of the Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce, Nettleton Lions Club, National Rifle Association, Northeast Arkansas Humane Society, and is a Boy Scout supporter. He attends church at Bay First United Methodist. Kidd lives in Jonesboro with his wife of 47 years, Janane. They have two grown sons, Roger and Mark.

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