Little Rock – Jane English of north Pulaski County announced today that she is a candidate for the House of Representatives in District 42, which encompasses part of northern Pulaski and eastern Faulkner Counties.
English, a Republican, will vie for the seat being vacated by Democratic Rep. Sandra Prater, who is term-limited.
"After consulting with my husband, family and friends, I am honored to put myself forward as a candidate for the Arkansas House of Representatives," said English. "I have spent more than two decades working in government and the private sector to bring more jobs to Arkansas communities and to strengthen the economy in central Arkansas and statewide. With my experience, I'll be able to hit the ground running as a member of the legislature and deliver real results for the people of District 42."
English has extensive experience with economic development issues, having served as executive director of the Arkansas Manufacturers Association (1998-2001) and as executive director of the Arkansas Workforce Investment Board (2001-04), where she focused on improving educational and training opportunities for Arkansans to meet the demands of the 21st century workplace.
Previously, she served in the Arkansas Department of Economic Development (1984-1997) and as executive director of the Fort Chaffee Public Trust (1997-98), where she oversaw the redevelopment plan for the former military base near Fort Smith.
"My professional experience in economic development and workforce investment is unparalleled, and I look forward to putting that experience to work for Central Arkansas," said Jane English. "I've seen how competitive tax rates, investment in workforce training and development and the right incentives can lead to real progress in jobs growth, and I want to advance that agenda in the Capitol."
Now retired, English currently is an employer outreach coordinator and volunteer for the U.S. Department of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve State Committee. In this capacity, English serves as a liaison to private sector employers on behalf of National Guard and Reserve military personnel and their families to ensure that employers have access to information and resources related to federal employment law pertaining to deployed troops.
"With my family's long commitment to military service, I believe it's important that we show support for the troops and their families—not only through our words, but through our actions," said Jane English. "That's why I've been honored to serve on the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee to offer assistance to the troops, their families and their employers during a challenging time. I've always placed a great deal of value on community service and volunteering, and I'll bring that same spirit of service to elected office."
English and her husband Don, a retired U.S. Army Colonel, have lived in north Pulaski County for 25 years. They have two children and five grandchildren who also live in Central Arkansas.