Local businessman Marvin Lessmann announced his candidacy for Faulkner County Judge, and he laid out an outline of a plan to modernize Faulkner County government. He plans to present the outline in person to those attending the Faulkner County Fair this week.

Lessmann has a background in business consulting and getting results for both public and private sector entities. He is a former member of the Faulkner County Election Commission where he served on a non-partisan basis. He was also a delegate to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.

Lessmann earned a degree in Business Administration from the University of Central Arkansas and a Law Degree from Empire College School of Law in Santa Rosa, CA, completing his senior year coursework at University of Arkansas Little Rock Bowen School of Law.

Lessmann lives in Conway with his wife, Kathryn. He is an active member of the community and is involved with a number of local civic and charitable organizations.

Marvin has been a passionate advocate for efficient, responsible, and non-partisan local government. He said that "the plan includes prioritizing public safety issues to provide a safe ’home town’ environment, freezing any property tax rate increases for at least two years, rotating Town Hall meetings throughout the county, enhancing customer service, improving infrastructure, and promoting county wide economic development. Faulkner County has many fine employees, but a new culture supporting greater efficiency and transparency in our county government is needed.

"I would like to use my education and practical business skills to help the citizens," he said. "I am thankful for everyone who has contributed to the campaign and to our plan. I look forward to working with all the elected officials and staff of Faulkner County to further validate and implement this plan."