Craighead County JP, former state representative Kidd to run for state senate seat
JONESBORO, ARK.- Jonesboro businessman and Craighead County Justice of the Peace Ray Kidd filed Friday morning as a democratic candidate in the special election for the District 21 State Senate position, including the municipalities of Bono, Cash, Egypt, Jonesboro, and Lake City in Craighead County.
Kidd, a retired Walgreens executive and former small business owner, served three terms in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 2005 to 2011 representing a portion of Craighead County. Kidd rose to the position of house assistant speaker pro tempore for the First Congressional District before term limits ended his house service.
"There are two primary reasons that I am running - the most pressing being the teacher health insurance crisis," Kidd said. "This issue has got to be the number one priority of our next state senator, and upon my election, I will work with my colleagues in both the house and senate to find a common sense solution to to this dire situation. Our teachers not only deserve better, they must see results now."
"Secondly, the senator that represents this district is the senator of Arkansas State University. My support for ASU has been and will continue to be unwavering," Kidd stated. "There will never be any doubt where I stand when it comes to ASU."
During his tenure in the House, Kidd was 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 Arkansas Legislative Council; House City, County, and Local Affairs; and the House Public Transportation Committees.