Harrison seeks senate seat

Thursday, January 7, 2010

BLYTHEVILLE -- On Tuesday, Mayor Barry Harrison announced he has formed an exploratory committee to seek the Democratic nomination for the Arkansas Legislature in Senate District 15. State Senator Steve Bryles is term-limited and cannot run for re-election.

Barry Harrison

Harrison's goals as a state senator will be to focus on bringing more jobs to Northeast Arkansas and standing up for Northeast Arkansas values.

"My focus will be to bring new jobs and represent Northeast Arkansas values in the Arkansas Senate," stated Harrison. "As Mayor of Blytheville, I have worked to help bring over 3,000 new jobs to Mississippi County. If elected, I will work alongside Governor Beebe to lower taxes and bring additional jobs to our community during these tough economic times."

Harrison is the current mayor of Blytheville and is serving his third term. He is active in his community serving on many boards and commissions including as Chairman of the Great River Economic Development Foundation. As the mayor of Blytheville, Harrison understands the importance of small businesses to economic development. He has been a leading advocate for job creation by helping bring over 3,000 new jobs to Mississippi County.

"I'm excited about the opportunities we have--working together--to make Northeast Arkansas a better place to live," said Harrison.

Harrison was born and raised in Blytheville graduating from Blytheville High School. He went on to graduate from Marion Military Institute (Alabama) and has a Bachelor's of Science degree from Arkansas State University (ASU).

He is an elder at First Presbyterian Church in Blytheville. He and his wife, Lyn, have three children.

Harrison plans a district wide tour during the month of January to meet voters and discuss his vision for making Northeast Arkansas a better place to live.

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