Law­maker to seek a sec­ond state term

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - STAFF RE­PORT

SPRING­DALE — Rep. Jeff Wil­liams, R-Spring­dale, an­nounced through so­cial me­dia he plans to seek a sec­ond term.

Wil­liams rep­re­sents

House District

89 in cen­tral Spring­dale.

He was un­op­posed in his last GOP pri­mary and de­feated Demo­crat Irvin Ca­ma­cho in the 2016 gen­eral elec­tion. He has no an­nounced op­po­si­tion.

He is a for­mer Wash­ing­ton County as­ses­sor. He also was an al­der­man on the Spring­dale City Coun­cil. He is the owner of Wil­liams and As­so­ci­ates Prop­erty Tax Man­age­ment in Spring­dale.

He also is an Army vet­eran and, as a mem­ber of the Army Re­serve, served two com­bat tours in the Mid­dle East.

Wil­liams was the lead­ing House spon­sor of suc­cess­ful ef­forts to get ArKids First state-ad­min­is­tered health care cov­er­age for the state’s Mar­shallese chil­dren. Mar­shall Is­lan­ders are al­lowed to im­mi­grate le­gally to the United States, but are not el­i­gi­ble for the Med­i­caid-based pro­gram un­less the state al­lows it.

Wil­liams and Sen. Lance Eads, also R-Spring­dale, con­vinced the gov­er­nor to par­tic­i­pate and passed leg­is­la­tion en­abling the cov­er­age.

Wil­liams also au­thored and her­alded through a bill that al­lows do­mes­tic abuse vic­tims to keep their cell­phone without hav­ing to re­main on the abuser’s phone con­tract.

Vic­tim ad­vo­cates and cel­lu­lar ser­vice providers cheered the bill as a prac­ti­cal and ef­fec­tive mea­sure that al­lows vic­tims to keep their per­sonal records while thwart­ing at­tempts to track and ha­rass them.

His leg­isla­tive pri­or­i­ties in­clude re­liev­ing the tax and reg­u­la­tory bur­den on busi­nesses and im­prov­ing ac­cess to higher ed­u­ca­tion, ac­cord­ing to his state­ment an­nounc­ing his re-elec­tion bid.


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