Wes Wagner announces candidacy for State Representative, District 54
Wes Wagner of Manila is seeking to be elected Republican State Representative for District 54. The district encompasses part of Mississippi County and part of Poinsett County. It contains portions of Blytheville and Osceola, and all of Gosnell, Dell, Manila, Leachville, Etowah, Dyess, Lepanto, and Trumann, plus the rural areas connecting the towns.
Wagner has experience, serving in this position in 2013 and 2014.
Wagner was an honor graduate from Manila High School, received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Finance from Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, and received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa College of Law in Tulsa, Okla.
Wagner has practiced law for nine and a half years in Manila and is employed as the city attorney. His wife, Dr. Katy Wagner, is a dentist. They have a daughter, Scarlett, who is four years old, and a son, Warren, who is 8 months old. Along with his law practice, Wes is a small business owner with residential and commercial rental property and farmland.
Wagner stated, "I will be accessible to both counties and have shown how I can work with every community I represent showing an equal interest in them all."
"Being a self-employed attorney, I know the value of hard work and the importance of working citizens keeping more of their income. That is why in 2014 I supported over $100 million in tax cuts," Wagner said. "I am also proud that I helped the state to balance the budget with $100 million left in surplus."
Wagner has a proven record of creating jobs, by co-sponsoring of one of the biggest economic development packages in years for Arkansas -- the project has created over 1,000 construction jobs and will soon support 500 permanent employees in northeast Arkansas. Wagner emphasized, "Big River Steel will give us a great advantage to lure additional industry to the area with the right leadership."
Working with groups such as Farm Bureau, Wagner helped pass legislation giving tax exemptions for local farmers. Wagner says he understands the need to help the state agricultural business and will be proud to advocate for the farmers of Poinsett and Mississippi Counties.
By continuing to listen to constituents about concerns with education, Wagner co-sponsored the School Choice legislation and worked diligently to protect teacher insurance and teacher retirement funds. He also helped secure the necessary funding for Arkansas Northeastern College to have additional staff to develop work force training needed in the area. Being an ASU graduate, Wagner said he has been extremely supportive of Arkansas State University and its campuses, including the new ASU Adult Education facility in Trumann.
Wagner takes a fiscally conservative approach and feels that government is growing too big and spending too much. He stated, "We must cut out waste in all levels of government and combine more state agencies. This will allow funding for areas that truly need it."
As hobbies, Wagner is an avid duck and deer hunter and loves to fish. He has consistently been endorsed by the NRA. He is and will continue to be a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment.
In his term as legislator, Wagner was humbled to serve for two years on the following House committees: Judiciary, State Agencies & Governmental Affairs, Joint Performance Review, Courts & Civil Law Permanent Subcommittee, Constitutional Issues Subcommittee, Joint Committee on Constitutional Amendments, and City, County & Local Affairs.
Wagner is a strong voice for cities and counties, working with and being trusted by the Arkansas Municipal League and Association of Arkansas Counties to co-sponsor legislation that will help the people of District 54.
Wagner's parents are Wayne and Charolette Wagner of Manila. His brother and sister-in-law, Tommy and Heather Wagner also reside in Manila with their son, Ty, and daughter, Ella. Dr. Tommy Wagner works in Wagner Medical Clinic in Manila and Lepanto. Heather is a pharmacist in Manila.
"After serving as your State Representative, I am well prepared for the job ahead. I have knowledge of the legislative process, energy and fresh ideas," Wagner emphasized. "I will appreciate your support and vote in the Republican primary for State Representative, District 54, on March 1, 2016."