See the campaign announcement below for Paul Childress (R) for State Representative, District 83.
Benton School Board President Paul Childress has announced he will be a Republican candidate for State Representative in District 83. The district includes portions of Benton, Bryant, and Hot Springs Village.
Born and raised in Benton, Childress has been an active citizen in Saline County since his youth. After graduating from Benton High School, he attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock before serving as an officer and detective in the county for 10 years. In 1997, he was named “Officer of the Year” by the community.
Now a licensed insurance agent, Childress is the former owner of Thomas Insurance and is a former board member of the Independent Insurance Agents of Arkansas. He is a member of the Saline County Executive Association, is a former President of Kiwanis, served as Chairman of Saline County CASA, and is a member of the Mercy Hospital Child Advocacy Council for Sexually Abused Children.
Childress says he understands the importance of keeping businesses in Saline County and plans to make economic development a key focus. “We need more public officials who have held and created jobs. We can’t expect economic growth if the people making decisions have no real-life experience to understand the importance of the policies they are placing on the rest of us.”
When asked what issue he is most excited to work on, Childress said “continuing to improve educational outcomes across the state.” With his school board experience, he says he is best positioned to help implement the recently passed Arkansas LEARNS reforms, stating he is and advocate for school choice and looks “forward to working with Governor Sanders and others in the legislature to ensure we continue to reform our educational system, so it is always providing opportunity and positive results for all Arkansas students.”
Calling himself a “well rounded conservative,” Childress says he is “pro-life, pro-gun, and pro fiscal responsibility with our tax dollars.”
Childress spends much of his time with his wife, Jennifer Ozment Childress, and their five children Selleck, Ruston, Bissette, Miles, and Anna-Kate. Childress is a family guy that has enjoyed being a big part of his kids’ lives by coaching their youth football, basketball, softball, and soccer teams.