Bill Wisely, a Hot Springs lawyer, says he'll be a Democratic candidate for the special election for the vacant House District 24 seat. Voters elected the late Keith Crass to the seat and the governor will call a special election after current Rep. Rick Saunders resigns at the first of the year. It's unclear so far if the political parties will want a primary or to choose a candidate by convention. Republican Bruce Cozart has also said he'll run.
William R. “Bill” Wisely has announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the Arkansas House of Representatives, District 24. Born May 23, 1958 in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Bill is a lifelong resident of Garland County. He is married to Christi Hughes Wisely and has one daughter, Ryan Elizabeth.
Bill is a Hot Springs High School, Class of 1976 graduate and received his Bachelor of Arts from Hendrix College in 1980 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1983.
A licensed attorney engaged in the private practice of law in Hot Springs for twenty seven years since admission to the Bar in 1983. Wisely has practiced in nearly all areas of the law including family practice, corporate and commercial law, criminal defense and personal injury. He has exceptional knowledge of administrative procedures, rules of evidence and trial practices. He has extraordinary knowledge and experience in computers, networks, and all major software.
He has the ability to be concise, complete, logical, objective and persuasive in both oral and written communications. Proven ability to logically and effectively analyze ordinances, statues, case law and factual data. Wisely possesses strong negotiating skills. He also has a unique historical knowledge of Hot Springs and Arkansas in general.
Wisely has additionally served as the Chief Deputy Public Defender, Garland County Attorney Ad Litem, Parent Counsel, Special Municipal and District Judge, Special Circuit and Chancery Judge.
Since 1992, he has also served as adjunct professor of History and Criminal Law at National Park Community College working to provide a stimulating and thought provoking college classroom environment to empower Garland County students.
Active in the community, Wisely has served as Past President and member Oaklawn Rotary Club:;Past President and Board of Directors for Spa Independent Living Services; Oktoberfest Volunteer; Officer of the Year Hot Springs B.P.O.E.; Past President, Workshop for Informed Democrats; Garland County Democratic Committee; Current President of the Garland County Bar Association; Arkansas Bar Association; Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association.
When asked why he is running, Wisely stated: “As the owner of a small business and as an educator, I am uniquely qualified to help maintain and protect our local economy. Most of our residents are elderly and middle income families. As such, attracting new jobs and business will be two of my main objectives if elected. Likewise, as an educator, I want to make sure taxpayers get the most bang for their buck. As a fiscal conservative, I do not believe that the best way to solve problems is to throw tax dollars at them. In these tough economic times I think all would agree that taking more of the citizens money through taxation will not help us grow the economy.”
“Another issue on the table obviously is crime. High crime rates are a tourist economy's kryptonite. We in the legislature need to do all we can to give law enforcement the tools to eradicate this ever growing problem.”
“More importantly, if elected, I will be District 24's representative, not the representative of any political party. I want all the votes, Democrat, Republican, Tea Party, whomever. The standard we should strive for is not whether it's a Democratic or Repubican idea, but rather, is it a good idea and will it benefit District 24.”