Ben Gilmore today announced his candidacy as a Republican for State Senate District 26. The district includes Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Drew, and portions of Cleveland, Desha, and Lincoln counties.

“Southeast Arkansas deserves a State Senator that will boldly advocate for its people, for conservative values, and for policies that will grow jobs and the economy,” Gilmore said. “My priority in the State Senate will be centered around policies that further economic development and job growth in southeast Arkansas. I will continue to fight for common-sense fiscal responsibility in state government, and I will work to lessen the regulatory burden on businesses and hardworking Arkansans. I will continue to advocate for reading and STEM education so that the next generation is ready for every opportunity. I will fight to protect life, the 2nd Amendment, and defend Arkansas values.”

Gilmore currently serves as deputy chief of staff and communications director for Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin, boldly advocating for state government reform, lower taxes, and STEM education. He previously served as a field representative for U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, working on important issues facing the forestry and agricultural industries in southeast Arkansas.

While attending the University of Arkansas at Monticello, Gilmore worked at the Crossett Public Library where he served in the public relations role. While at the library, he advocated for reading and STEM education.

Gilmore has actively served the community and supported economic development efforts in southeast Arkansas. He has served on the Crossett Chamber of Commerce Board, the Crossett Beautification Committee, the Crossett Committee for the Future, Ashley County United Fund Board, and currently serves on the Friends of the Library Board.

He is a graduate of the Delta Regional Authority’s Leadership Institute, FBI Citizens Academy, and the Union County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class. He is a skilled violinist and a member of the First Baptist Church of Crossett where he served as trustee of the church. He is also a member of the Crossett Chamber of Commerce and the National Rifle Association (NRA).