Mark Vaught has announced his intention to run for the position of Faulkner County Clerk in 2012.

In a statement on his campaign website (, Vaught said, "My pledge is to make it easier for the citizens of Faulkner County to access the public information maintained by the County Clerk’s office, as well as to streamline and simplify the election process."

Vaught, 42, is currently serving in his second term on the Conway City Council and is seeking the Republican nomination for Faulkner County Clerk.

"For the past five years, I’ve had the honor of serving the citizens of

Conway as a representative of local government.  In that time, it has been by goal to maintain a model of communication, transparency, and openness to those who entrusted me with this responsibility.  As your County Clerk, I will continue to provide this level of service to the citizens of Faulkner County using my political background in conservative leadership as well as my experience in the field of Information Technology."

Vaught is currently employed with the Arkansas tate Plant Board as a network and database engineer and is a former employee of Acxiom, Alltel Information Services, and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

A 2008 graduate of the Faulkner County Leadership Institute, he served on the FCLI Board of Directors from 2009-2011, and has just finished a three year term on the Board of Directors for United Way of Central Arkansas.

Vaught and his wife Penny have lived in Conway since 1988 and both graduated from the University of Central Arkansas.  They and their three children are members of the Robinson and Center Church of Christ.