Sometimes, politics isn't as usual, and such will be the case in the 2010 election as young motivator Keith Sloan, of the Noland Community in Randolph County, has announced his intent to become the next District 80 State Representative.
Sloan, whose family has farmed in the local area for nearly 100 years, was motivated to run after hearing repeated concerns from local citizens about the political leadership. "Our leadership isn't focused on the people. They are more focused on winning elections and moving on to their next personal objective, rather than representing us -- the people -- who elected them."
Sloan says he will work to give the people open and accountable State government and responsive representation at the local level. Sloan is not ashamed to be pro-life, pro-gun rights, pro-traditional marriage, and against high taxes and pork barrel spending. Sloan said, "Let's live within our means, and maintain the values our grandparents passed to us. If you are a person that wants a candidate with a fresh perspective, old-fashioned values, and high energy to represent you, I want your vote."
Sloan, 19, is employed locally and is a student at Black River Technical College where he is getting his prerequisites for a bachelor degree in history and political science. If elected, Sloan will be the youngest state representative in Arkansas history. Sloan is eager to represent the younger generation of voters who are challenged every day with staying in their home communities. "Let's face it," Sloan stated. "It is difficult for our young people out of high school and college to find work in District 80. Why should we have to leave our hometown to find jobs to support our families? We must bring jobs to the hardworking people of District 80 so they can continue to raise their families in a community with family values."
Active in FFA, Library Club, and PHS Band during high school, he says that he chose to stay here after graduation, but most of his former high school classmates left Pocahontas in search of "greener pastures," to attend school or work elsewhere. He went on to say that in the current political and economic climate that District 80 will continue to decline and lose its citizens and revenue to other communities. "Let's keep our family and resources here," Sloan stated. "It's time we stand up and make our own future. It's time we make the 'greener pastures' here in our corner of Arkansas. "
Keith Sloan is the son of Rusty and Melba Sloan, of Noland, and the grandson of Francis Sloan and the late Russell Sloan also of Noland.