McKen­zie run­ning for seat in House now held by her fa­ther

Westside Eagle-Observer - - FRONT PAGE - By Randy Moll rmoll@nwadg.com

GRAVETTE — Gayla McKen­zie an­nounced her bid last week for the House Dis­trict #92 seat which in­cludes Gravette, Hi­wasse, Maysville, Sul­phur Springs, De­catur and parts of Bella Vista.

McKen­zie is the daugh­ter of Ar­kan­sas Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Kim Hen­dren, who cur­rently holds House seat #92. She is also the sis­ter of State Sen. Jim Hen­dren and the niece of Gov. Asa Hutchin­son.

Gayla is mar­ried to Loyd McKen­zie. They have two daugh­ters, El­iz­a­beth, 18, a fresh­man at Lib­erty Univer­sity, and Mag­gie, 16, a ju­nior at Gravette High School.

If elected, she in­tends to pur­sue leg­is­la­tion re­lated to guardian­ships, foster chil­dren, ed­u­ca­tion and prop­erty taxes.

She re­ceived a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion from the Univer­sity of Ar­kan­sas in 1987 and then re­ceived her law de­gree from the Univer­sity of Ar­kan­sas Law School in De­cem­ber

of 1989. Af­ter prac­tic­ing law in Gravette for one year, McKen­zie founded KBVAFM in Septem­ber of 1991. She spent the next 26 years pro­gram­ming and man­ag­ing KBVA Va­ri­ety 106.5.

In July of this year, McKen­zie sold KBVA to an­other ra­dio group and sub­se­quently pur­chased the for­mer Pe­tra Stone prop­erty in Gravette. In the fall of 2017, she plans to open a man­u­fac­tur­ing stone busi­ness with her hus­band Loyd, who is also a man­ager of a cat­tle and poul­try op­er­a­tion.

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