Christi Berry announced she is running to be Justice of the Peace for the District 9 seat on the Faulkner County Quorum Court.

“There are several issues facing the county. I would like to improve the accessibility and transparency of the Quorum Court with video recording and live streaming of all meetings,” she said. “I would like to follow  the city of Conway’s leadership and make the county finances available in a searchable database like Conway has with Open Checkbook.

“I am fully committed to public safety and ensuring that our Sheriff’s Department and 911 emergency response systems are adequately funded. I am also interested in advocating at local, state, and federal levels for changes that will break the cycles of poverty, addiction and incarceration that hurt our residents and cost our county and taxpayers money.

“I also view the need for a county-wide animal shelter as a public safety issue and support joining with the city of Conway to build a shelter that will serve the needs of both the city and the county.”

Berry said she has been happily married to her high school sweetheart, Kyle Berry, for 10 years. The couple has a 3-year-old son, Carter, and a 6-year-old daughter, Kaylee.

Berry graduated Arkansas State University with a master’s degree in communication disorders.

She provides school-based speech therapy to 3-5 year olds in their daycare or preschool programs at Arch Ford Education Service Cooperative.

“The best speech therapy sessions I have are the ones where I’m doing the least speaking. It’s very important for me to be able to listen to my students so I can evaluate their progress and adjust my approach to serve each child as they learn and grow,” she said. “I intend to listen to my constituents so I can evaluate the needs of the community and determine how I can best serve District 9 and help Faulkner County grow responsibly.”

Berry is a member of the Faulkner County Democratic Party and was recently elected to represent the county as a State Committee Member.

“I am running to bring a different perspective to the Quorum Court. I feel that our elected representatives should be more representative of our community,” Berry said. “In my education and experience as a speech-language pathologist I’ve learned to how to independently evaluate information and research, integrate critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, and collaborate and communicate with individuals in order to serve the best interests of my students who have varying and complex needs.

“I will bring those same skills to the Quorum Court  in order to enthusiastically serve the best interests of Faulkner County and District 9.

“I look forward to getting to know the residents of District 9 and learning more about how I can best serve them.”

Find more information at www.bit.ly/christiberry.