Jason Rapert, R-Bigelow, has filed for State Senate District 18, which is composed of Conway, Perry, and Van Buren counties and parts of Cleburne, Faulkner, Pope and Saline counties.

"A small business owner and rancher, Rapert is focused on helping create jobs and economic opportunity for Arkansas," his candidacy announcement reads. "For the past two decades we have seen good paying Arkansas jobs move to low wage paying countries. When I am your state senator, I will introduce legislation to create tax incentives to help Arkansans create new small businesses and attract new jobs to our state."

Rapert is a lifelong resident of Arkansas and served as an intern to Congressman Ray Thornton and as a legislative representative for a multi-state insurance company during the 1997 General Assembly.  

Rapert has served on the boards of numerous civic, non-profit and faith based organizations. He is a 2002 graduate of the Faulkner County Leadership Institute and served as aboard member of the Conway Christian School Foundation and Conway Area Chamber of Commerce. He graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in 1994 and since 1998 has served as a financial advisor to individuals and small business owners regarding investments, insurance, and financial services.

He is the founder and CEO of Holy Ghost Ministries, a faith based humanitarian mission organization that funded and built water wells, sanitation facilities and churches, distributed malaria nets, sponsored village feeding programs and funded college scholarships and microfinance loans to the underprivileged. Holy Ghost Ministries sends teams of volunteers to Africa on a yearly basis.    

"In 2004, I became burdened for the poor and orphaned in Ghana West Africa," Rapert’s announcement continues. "The same deep conviction that drove me to help people in Africa is driving me to help my community as we face economic troubles and moral decline at home."

Jason, his wife Laurie, and their two daughters live on their family farm near Bigelow.