Faulkner County Justice of the Peace Jimmy Bryant, R-Conway, has decided after more than a month of consideration that he will run against incumbent District 45 State Rep. Linda Tyler.

"The voters of JP District 7 have been very kind in allowing me to represent them on the Faulkner County Quorum Court for four consecutive terms," Bryant stated in a news release. "I appreciate the confidence they have placed in me and consider it an honor to have served the community. I have made many friends and have seen first-hand the importance of local government and its impact on our citizens. This experience will serve me well as I prepare to enter the race for Arkansas House of Representatives District 45."

Bryant states in his release that if elected he would focus on "the serious social problem of driving while intoxicated."

"I, along with countless other Arkansans, have grown weary of seeing hundreds of innocent Arkansans killed each year by drunk drivers," Bryant’s release states. "To help alleviate this problem, I have visited with several prosecutors and we have concluded that the current DWI law does not serve as a deterrent to drunk driving. If elected I will immediately introduce legislation that will significantly increase the mandatory fines, jail sentences and length of license revocation for those convicted of driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence. I will also introduce legislation that will increase the penalty for refusing to take a breathalyzer test."

Funding for higher education and the "elimination of wasteful spending in state government" are also on Bryant’s agenda. 

"I consider it a great privilege to be able to run for the House of Representatives and will conduct my campaign in a gentlemanly fashion," the release continues. "As always, I will continue to be available to anyone who wishes to speak with me and I appreciate your vote."

Bryant is the Director of the University of Central Arkansas Archives and adjunct instructor in the UCA History Department. He is the author of "The Centennial History of the University of Central Arkansas" and former president of the Faulkner County Historical Society and former vice president of the Old Conway Preservation Society.

(Staff writer Joe Lamb can be reached at 505-1238 or by E-mail at joe.lamb@thecabin.net. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit.)