Joel "Tyler" Pearson announced his candidacy for State Senate District 35. Pearson believes that it is time to put hometown values and local issues front and center. He is a life-long resident of Conway, a graduate of Conway High School and the University of Central Arkansas. Pearson is a member of St. Joseph’s church. Presently, he is on staff at Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation while completing a Master’s degree at the University of Arkansas, Clinton School of Public Service.

"I am running for Senate because I want to represent the people of my home district with the respect and integrity they deserve," declared Pearson. "I am dedicated to serving the entire community, and I know I can work with others to get things done in the Arkansas Legislature. I will not waste taxpayers’ money only to further my own ideological and political agenda. I’m ready to put our district first."

Pearson is devoted to public service and expects to earn his Master of Public Service degree in May. He has worked in service-oriented jobs his entire career, including a year dedicated to AmeriCorps as a tutor for at-risk children in Mayflower. He worked with Legal Aid of Arkansas to conduct a comprehensive study on the legal needs of low-income Arkansans. He also led a poultry value chain analysis for Heifer International in Cambodia for three months.

"Our district should be known throughout the country for its many intellectual, economic and community strengths and not for the divisive and polarizing actions of a few," says Pearson. "District 35 is home to amazingly kind and reasonable people with excellent schools, world-class institutions of higher education and high-quality places of employment. We deserve a Senator who will act with good judgment, responsible behavior and who can bring a positive reputation that will make Arkansans proud."

Kathryn Spinks, also of Conway, will serve as the chairwoman for Pearson’s campaign. For more information, follow the campaign on Facebook and Twitter @Jtylerpearson.