UPDATE SEPT 11, 2019
Real estate broker Lance Penfield announced he will not run for State Representative after all. He announced on Friday, but today, he issued the following statement explaining his withdrawal.
“After continued prayer, I have decided to withdraw from the race for representative in District 31. I wish to apologize to all of my family, my friends, and my business associates for bending all of your ears around the decision to run or not run for State Representative over the past month or so.
I appreciate the many personal conversations, the countless telephone calls and the constant text messages encouraging me to place myself in this race. However, I will not be able to follow thru with the announcement released over the last week. I simply will not be able to devote the time needed to win the race and fill the seat at the State Capitol.
I plan to spend more time with my wife of 29 years, my family, my church family and my loyal base of real estate clients. As it turns out, I have a heavy load of real estate related transactions, developments and future projects that need my full attention. I plan to support conservative values and the candidates of the Republican Party in the upcoming election.
Thanks to all of the public servants for what you do everyday for the citizens that live and work in Arkansas. I love living in Saline County and will continue to do my part of building a community that we are proud to call home.”
PREVIOUSLY ON SEPT 6, 2019
Local Realtor and lifelong Saline County resident Lance Penfield announced his candidacy for State Representative earlier this week. Penfield, a Republican, is running in House District 31, which includes parts of Saline and Pulaski Counties.
“I want our kids and grandkids to grow up and enjoy the same quality of life as us,” said Penfield. “To accomplish that, we must continue making positive strides in education, infrastructure, and job recruitment across the state.”
Co-owner and Executive Broker of Baxley-Penfield-Moudy Realtors, Penfield has been involved in the community his entire professional career. He is a former Chairman of the Saline Memorial Hospital Board and the Bryant Planning Commission. Additionally, he has served on the boards for Arkansas Heart Hospital Foundation, First Security Bank’s Saline County Board, Bryant House Senior Adult Center, Bryant Chamber of Commerce, Benton/Bryant Realtors Association, and Rotary Clubs.
Penfield cited his work experience as giving him an understanding of what it will take to continue growing Arkansas’ economy saying he has “first-hand experience when working thru governmental requirements in the development of commercial properties. It shouldn’t be a struggle to bring new jobs and commerce into this state. While things have improved under Governor Hutchinson, there is more that can continue to be done to improve economic growth in Arkansas.”
Calling himself a conservative, Penfield says voters can count on him to “protect life and the second amendment, and work towards lower taxes and less government spending.”
Penfield and his wife Lawanda have been married for 29 years. They have one daughter and one grandson. They are members of New Life Church of Saline County. He enjoys spending time with family, fishing and hunting in Arkansas and collecting guns.