Bob Ware, vice chancellor for the University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology at McGehee, has announced his candidacy for District 11 in the Arkansas House of Representatives in the 2016 Democratic primary. The district includes Chicot and Desha counties and a portion of Ashley County.
Ware, who has worked in public service for more than 45 years, began his tenure with UAM-CTM in 1975, serving as assistant director, a position he held for 26 years. He then went on to serve as president for the Great Rivers Technical Institute in McGehee for three years, before being selected to his current position as vice chancellor at UAM-CTM.
“After prayerful consideration, and with the support of my family and the encouragement of friends and District 11 constituents, I am honored to offer myself as a candidate for this important position,” Ware said in a news release announcing his candidacy.
If elected, Ware said he would welcome an opportunity to serve the people of Ashley, Chicot and Desha counties and move District 11 forward.
“Working with people of diverse backgrounds is fundamentally essential, particularly in learning and educational environments,” Ware said. “With my knowledge and experience, I am ready, willing and able to move District 11 forward with an unwavering allegiance to serve with inclusiveness, integrity and intelligence.”
Ware said the nuances and complexities in higher education have helped him gain an appreciation for public policy issues.
“My leadership, administration and professional background have prepared me to understand public policy dynamics,” he said. “With this, I have a thorough command of the legislative process, to effectively bring people together and to yield results.”
Born and raised in Tillar, Ware attended and graduated from McGehee Wolfe Project public schools. He holds a Master of Science degree in vocational technical administration from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and a Bachelor of Science degree in history and political science from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (formerly AM&N).
In higher education, he serves on numerous councils and committees, including the university’s Executive Council, Academic Council, University Council, Strategic Planning Committee and the Technical Graduation Committee.
In July 2000, Ware was recognized with an Outstanding Service Award during his service as president of the Arkansas Department of Career and Technical Education’s Administrative Division. Affirming his commitment to education, he was a school board member for the Tillar School District for 12 years.
A 2006 Man of The Year recipient awarded by the McGehee Chamber of Commerce, Ware is involved in the community, serving numerous organizations. He is a member of the McGehee Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, served as vice president for two years and now as president. He is also a member of the Dermott, Dumas and Lake Village chambers of commerce.
Ware also serves on the board of directors for the Desha County Single Parent Scholarship Fund and previously served as its vice president for 10 years. He is also a member of the McGehee Industrial Foundation Think Tank Committee.
Ware is a member of Seven Star Missionary Baptist Church in Tillar, where he is chairman of the deacon board and chairman of the trustee board. He and his wife Cassandra live in McGehee.
The District 11 seat is currently held by State Rep. Mark McElroy, D- Tillar. McElroy is serving his second term in office.
Because of recent legislation passed by the Arkansas Legislature, the primary elections will be March 1, 2016.