by Max Brantley
Good timing. Sanders made it official today. News release follows with the requisite church, gun and anti-tax references (and obligatory photo of his five kids.) Philosophically, there's not much difference between Sanders and Garner. Sanders also has tapped taxpayers as Garner and most other legislators have for the dubious pay supplements that are now under legal challenge. But he didn't use his bakery to claim reimbursement for "services" as Garner did, nor did he double-bill his campaign account for alleged bakery expenses, as Garner did. Nor has he been cited as a tax deadbeat by the state. So there's that.
FORGOT TO MENTION: I don't think Sanders noted his leadership of the Rick Perry Posse in his news release. That's a diminishing group. I'm wondering if that Heights Republican matron still displays that Perry bumper sticker on her luxury SUV.
Today, State Rep. David J. Sanders, R-Little Rock, launched his candidacy for State Senate District 15. “My family and I are excited to begin this effort of earning the votes of the hard-working people of Senate District 15,” Sanders said this morning.
“I’ve visited with several voters in the district over the past few weeks. From Clinton to Little Rock and in Morrilton, Greenbrier, Perryville and Maumelle — rural and urban alike — I listened, and they told me they want a committed, conservative leader, who will fight for their interests both inside and outside the State Capitol,” Sanders said.
Rep. Sanders currently represents House District 31, which covers portions of West Little Rock, Ferndale, Paron and Hot Springs Village, as well as western Pulaski and Saline Counties.
State Senate District 15 includes large portions Pulaski, Faulkner and Van Buren Counties, as well as the entirety of Conway and Perry Counties.
“As a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, I kept my word with voters by sponsoring and voting for legislation that cut taxes for hard-working Arkansans, rolled back spending and reformed state government,” Sanders said.
In the House, Sanders opposed increases in the state sales tax and diesel tax, and fought against the implementation of ObamaCare. Unyielding in his Pro-Life position, David carried with him his passion to protect the unborn and Arkansas’ strong family values.
As a founding member of the Fayetteville Shale Caucus, David joined with State Sen. Jason Rapert and stood with the men and women who work in Arkansas’ growing natural gas industry. “Together, we fought against policies that would result in those good-paying jobs being lost to other states,” Sanders explained.
Some of David’s signature accomplishments and honors include:
· Authoring legislation which prevents bank, insurance, securities and utilities regulators from leaving their government posts and then immediately going to work for companies they regulated.
· Authoring legislation that helps to preserve the integrity of Arkansas collegiate sports.
· Republican House Leader John Burris selecting him to join the leadership team for the 46-member House Republican Caucus.
· The state’s elected prosecutors recognizing his work to protect Arkansas families from violent criminals and bestowing upon him their prestigious “Advocate for Justice Award.”
Sanders is the Vice-Chairman of the Public Transportation Committee’s Subcommittee on Public Transportation and Rail. He serves as a member of the Joint Committee on Energy as well as the Aging, Children and Youth, Legislative and Military Affairs Committee. He is also a non-voting member of the Revenue and Taxation Committee.
He and his wife Rebecca, a school teacher, have five children: Abigail, 12, Noah, 11, Isaac, 10, Elijah, 4 and Levi, 2. He is an active member of Little Rock’s First Baptist Church, where he is an ordained deacon. David has spent the last six years working in Christian education as the director of development for the Arkansas Baptist School System. He is a member of Arkansas Right to Life, the National Rifle Association, Club for Growth and the Little Rock Touchdown Club.
Arkansas Business named David one of the state’s top leaders under 40 years old. He is a former columnist for Stephens Media and served as contributor to AETN’s public affairs programming.