State Representative Curren Everett (D-Salem, District 82) announced today that he is seeking election to Arkansas' State Senate in District 10. The seat is currently held by Senator Paul Miller who is restricted by term limits from running for re-election. District 10 includes Fulton, Sharp, Randolph, Izard, Stone and part of Independence County. The primary election will be held May 18, 2010, and the General Election will be Nov. 2, 2010.
Everett has served three terms in the Arkansas House of Representatives and is currently the House Speaker Pro Tempore, a position he was appointed to by House Speaker Robbie Wills. He has been a member of the Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee, the Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development Committee, the House Management Committee, the Joint Budget Committee, the Education Committee, the City, County and Local Affairs Committee and the Joint Committee on Energy.
"It has been a real honor to serve the people of District 82 during my three terms in the Arkansas House," said Everett. "I have learned a great deal about our state government and about the needs of residents all over northeastern Arkansas. I have worked diligently for my constituents and been a part of legislative efforts that will provide great opportunities for Arkansans to better their lives. I want to put my knowledge, experience and relationships with state leaders to work for the voters of District 10. I know I can help affect change where needed and bring home the support we need to make north Arkansas an even better place to live."
Born and raised in Oxford, Everett is a Vietnam veteran, a farmer and small business owner with interests in rental property and residential construction. He served as Fulton County Judge for 14 years before being elected to the Arkansas General Assembly. Everett graduated from Oxford High School and earned a bachelor's degree from University of the Ozarks. He was a teacher and basketball coach at Violet Hill High School for two years. Everett and his wife, Velna, have two sons, one daughter and eight grandchildren.
"I look forward to traveling the District over the next fifteen months, meeting with voters and listening to their concerns regarding our communities," Everett said. "After getting to know me better, I hope voters will see that no one will work harder than me to help improve the quality of life here in northeastern Arkansas."