Steven McNeely, an attorney from Jacksonville, has announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination to the Arkansas House of Representatives in District 40, which includes northern Pulaski County and parts of central and southern Faulkner County, including Mayflower.

"If elected, my plans are to defend the working class of Arkansas the same as I do every day at my office," he said in a statement.

McNeely has been an attorney since 1996 and has had cases in the Arkansas Supreme Court and in federal court. His statement says his current practice is predominantly in the area of Arkansas Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability. He owns the McNeely Law Firm.

"My grandfather, Alfred Clifton McNeely, was a logger," Steven McNeely said in a statement. "He told me that the Democratic Party was the working class party. I believe that. I believe in the Democratic Party.

"I believe there is pride in a job well done. I believe the working class takes care of the elderly, our children and the disabled. I believe in taking care of the working class. It’s just what I do.

"My family has been working, living and buried in Arkansas for over 100 years. I want to be your House of Representative for District 40 in 2012 to do what I can to make a better future for my child and yours."

McNeely is retired from the U.S. Army Reserves after 22 years. He served both in the Judge Advocate General Corps and in the infantry in the enlisted ranks and as an officer.

He is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, former two-time chairman of the Bar’s Workers’ Compensation Section, and is a member of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, the Pulaski County Bar Association and the Pulaski County Democratic Party.

He is a 1996 graduate of the University of Arkansas Law School in Fayetteville and has a bachelor’s degree in history from Henderson State University, and he completed high school in Arkadelphia. 

McNeely and his wife Suzi McNeely have a daughter, Lillian. 

His campaign website is