Rye Announces for State Representative

Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Johnny Rye, Jr.

TRUMANN - Earlier this week, Johnny Rye, Jr. of Trumann announced his candidacy for State Representative District 54. Rye, a Republican, is running to replace Representative Dave Wallace, who has announced he is running for State Senate.

"My desire is to serve all citizens of district 54 by addressing any legislation that can be a benefit to our area," said Rye. "As a conservative, it is important to me we don't burden Arkansans with government mandates and a high cost of living. That's why I want to limit the negative impact of things like Obamacare and will work to balance our state budget without having to increase taxes to pay for it."

Rye has served as Poinsett County Assessor since he was first elected in 1990. During that time, Poinsett County never failed a state audit. In addition, Rye was responsible for implementing in-house audits, which saved county taxpayers an estimated $5,000,000.

In 2002, Rye was elected by the Arkansas Assessor Association to represent them on the Association of Arkansas Counties Board, where he served on their legislative committee until 2012. With that opportunity, he was responsible for screening and promoting up to 300 pieces of legislation during each legislative session. Because these efforts had an impact on all areas of county government, Rye received a Capitol Citation Award in 2012.

While serving as the President of the Arkansas Assessor's Association in 2001, he helped with the development and implementation of Amendment 79, which gave all Arkansas homeowners up to a $350 tax credit.

Rye hopes to continue the work he began while with the Association of Arkansas Counties and said it gave him a complete picture of all issues that came before the General Assembly. "My time in county government has proven to me the importance of more local control. I believe it is the best way for us to protect our small town life, improve local schools, and ensure our roads are well taken care of."

"As a legislator, I will make it a priority to see cities and counties have the resources they need to work efficiently. That includes stopping big government mandates and ensuring proper reimbursements for holding state prisoners."

When asked about other items he would like to work on, Rye stated he wanted to see more emphasis placed on economic development in the Arkansas delta and that he looks forward to helping the state build relationships with local farmers so that Arkansas agriculture continued to thrive.

Rye attended Marked Tree High School and Arkansas State University. He and his wife Julie are members of First United Methodist Church in Marked Tree. He is a Mason and is active in the Lions Organization. Julie is a registered nurse for the Department of Human Services. They have one daughter, Dr. Robin Dabney, who is a nurse practitioner at the University of Tennessee Vascular Surgery in Memphis. She and her husband John reside in Olive Branch, Miss., with their son Ryland.

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