Cabot Republican Ricky Hill has announced he is a candidate in the special election for Arkansas State Senate District 29, which includes parts of Faulkner, Lonoke, Pulaski, and White counties.

The seat was recently vacated by Sen. Eddie Joe Williams, who took a federal appointment.

"As state Senator, I will work to bring decency and common sense back to our political process," said Hill. "I will use my experiences to advance Arkansas’ future through improved education, support of our state’s agriculture, and investing in the infrastructure needed to spur job growth."

Hill is an executive vice president with Bank of the Ozarks and manages his family hay and cattle farm.

He recently completed a five-year term on the Cabot School Board, where he served as president for the

past year. He has a master’s degree in agriculture business and economics from Arkansas State University.

When asked how he would improve education, Hill said there needed to be more workforce and skills training in our high schools.

"We are fortunate to have great school districts in District 29, and I believe including these programs will just add to the quality education our children are already receiving."

Hill stressed a need for infrastructure improvements. "Highways, water access, traffic solutions — those are the things that job creators look at when deciding where to grow."

Hill and his wife Cynthia have been married for 26 years.

Their son, Glenn, is an officer in the United States Navy and is currently stationed at Naval Air Station Pensacola Florida for Flight School. Their daughter, Julie, is a freshman at Texas A&M, where she is a member of the Rodeo Team.

"Cynthia and I took time to discuss this decision with our children over the Thanksgiving holiday and we all feel this is a great opportunity to serve our community," Hill said. "I believe the things important to us are important to most people in our area: faith, traditional family values, lower taxes and efficient government."

Hill was the 2016 secretary of the Cabot Chamber of Commerce, is a former board member of Lonoke County CASA and was a founding board member of the Keep the Faith Foundation. Additionally, he is an active member of Cabot Rotary Club, the Little Rock Air Force Base Community Council, the NRA and Ducks Unlimited.

The Hills are members of Mount Carmel Baptist Church.