Bob Blankenship announces plans to seek re-election

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Bob Blankenship of Monette announces his plans to seek re-election as Craighead County justice of the peace District 11.

Bob Blankenship

"Serving in an elected position has multiple points and challenges," Blankenship said. "Time, effort, and determination are vital in the campaign. Being elected and serving for this last term as JP has been such a rewarding experience on many levels. First and foremost, I have focused on the fact that it does not matter what part of Craighead County a person resides -- all people want to be treated fairly and equally.

"I have also had the opportunity and pleasure of working hands-on with projects that were started before I came into office. In addition, I was able to start and complete new projects with different departments and county officials. These projects have been rewarding. I take pride in living in Craighead County. I have met so many wonderful people and officials and have thoroughly enjoyed serving in this capacity. That is why I want to be able to continue this position for another term."

He said the past year has been challenging in such a positive way. He has learned the ins and outs of the county court. Being open minded about old and new projects, as well as understanding the purposes for these projects, is a must in this position.

"I have also enjoyed being on the 2012 budget committee," he said. "Working side by side with Judge Hill's office and the other budget committee members has been a pleasure."

Mr. Blankenship has been married to the former Doris Stewart, for 45 years. They are both lifelong residents of Craighead County. They have two daughters, Missi, who is married to Gordon Miller; and Kristi, who is married to Justin Wildy. They have five grandchildren, Jordon Miller, Caleb Miller, Connor Miller, Blaire Wildy, and Blaine Wildy.

Blankenship is a member of the American Legion, Post 136, Monette First Baptist Church where he serves as a Sunday School teacher and a deacon; and is a volunteer fireman on the Monette Volunteer Fire Department for 42 years, where he currently serves in the capacity of fire chief. He also calls it a privilege to serve as councilman on the Monette City Council, and was a 13 year member of the Buffalo Island Central School Board.

"With that being said, this first term has been challenging, yet at the same time I count it as one of the most rewarding times of my life," Blankenship said. "However, I do feel that this job is not complete. Craighead County has such a bright and promising future. That is why I am filing for re-election for the opportunity to proceed with a second term as JP District 11. If re-elected, my goal is to continue to work toward completion of the many projects and ideas that have been started in order to better our county. Your voice and support are very important and greatly appreciated in this upcoming election."

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