Local businessman Marvin Lessmann announced he is running for Justice of the Peace District 5 on the Faulkner County Quorum Court.

Lessmann will be on the Republican ballot.

“My wife Kathryn and I are both strong conservative Christians with deep, long standing family and business ties to the area," Lessmann said in a statement. "We feel that now is the time for us to stand up to give even more back and be of greater service to the community. We are thankful that I have been encouraged by so many to run for the JP5 position.”

Lessmann is no stranger to the workings of Faulkner County government.

He is a former member of the Faulkner County Election Commission where, he said he "served faithfully, promoting efficient and fair elections.” He also said he "frequently attends county government meetings and is a passionate advocate for effective, responsible, lawful, and transparent local leadership.”

With an extensive business and consulting background, Lessmann said he has “achieved positive results in both the public and private sector.”

He recently sold his insurance practice in Arkansas, but continues to offer business consulting services from his holding company Maxco Group, Inc. Both Lessmann and his wife have previously held executive level positions for major organizations.

Lessmann said that he believes his “comprehensive hands on business, consulting, accounting, legal, and teamwork experience makes him uniquely qualified to serve like no other candidate running for this office.”

He earned a degree in business administration from the University of Central Arkansas and a law degree from Empire College School of Law in Santa Rosa, California, completing his senior year coursework at University of Arkansas Little Rock Bowen School of Law. He is also a graduate of the Faulkner County Leadership Institute.

Lessmann is an active member of the community and has been involved with a number of local civic and charitable organizations. He has also been working with other concerned citizens to establish principles for applying “real logic” in government, aspiring to promote real honesty, integrity, ethics, and other professional standards for those who are entrusted to serve the people.

"I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to use my skills to serve and help people at this stage of my life," Lessmann said. "I am thankful for everyone who has encouraged and contributed to our efforts. I look forward to working with all the elected officials and staff of Faulkner County. We have a lot of good people here, and I know that we can work together to build an even better future for all of us.”

For more information, voters are invited to monitor the campaign website MarvinForFCJP.com and Facebook at Marvin Lessmann for Faulkner during the election cycle.

Lessmann’s announced opponent in the May 22, 2018, primary election is Rose Roland.