Kris Kendrick announced his candidacy on Dec. 18th for Faulkner County Justice of the Peace, District 9.

Kendrick is running on the Republican ticket. He is a fiscal conservative and believes in limited government. He is the Obsolescence Manager/Sr. Logistics Engineer for Lockheed Martin Corp. at Little Rock AFB, AR on the C-130J Training System Support Center. Kendrick has worked for Lockheed Martin for eight years in roles of increasing responsibility including; Engineer Planner, Project Manager, and Quality Assurance Manager. He has lived in Conway for six years.

“My wife and I love living in Conway and Faulkner County. As we considered moving to Central Arkansas, we knew this was the place we wanted our family to call home," he said. "Conway has all the amenities we wanted, yet it still maintains a small town feel. We have had many significant milestones since planting roots here: my wife graduated from UCA, our two sons were born here, and we have made lifelong friends that we now consider family.”

Kendrick grew up in Van Buren, where he graduated from Van Buren High School. He went to Arkansas Tech University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History/Political Science and a Master of Science in Emergency Management and also earned a Master of Science in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas.

A year after graduating from Arkansas Tech, Kendrick met his wife, Courtney. Courtney earned her degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Central Arkansas and is currently a stay at home mom raising their two sons; Cohen, 2, and Connor, 3 months old. Courtney is member of Conway MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and is on the steering committee. The Kendricks are members of Conway’s First Baptist Church. Kris and Courtney both volunteer in the preschool ministry in the infant and toddler classes. They have also volunteered with the Community Connections events held at their church.

Kendrick serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) of the 20th Judicial District. He advocates for children who have been abused and neglected in Faulkner County. He feels strongly about advocating for those who have encountered hardships early in life. He served on the Arkansas Tech Young Alumni Advisory Committee from 2010-2013.

"I want to ensure that Faulkner County continues to be a great place to live and raise a family. I will commit to this goal by voting to keep taxes low, increasing transparency, ensuring unnecessary regulations doesn’t burden businesses, and bringing a fiscally responsible approach to county operations especially maintaining our roads and infrastructure," he said. "I will put people before politics and bring common sense solutions to the challenges facing our county and will be a wise steward of the hard earned tax payer dollars.

"I’m thankful to be a resident of Conway and Faulkner County and I would consider it a privilege to serve as Justice of the Peace for the 9th District."