Drew County Judge Robert Akin has announced that he will be seeking a third term in the general election in November 2016. Akin, an independent, was first elected in 2012.
“Road and solid waste issues make up the bulk of my job, but there are many other things which concern the county, particularly the hospital, the library and any other county-owned facilities,” Akin said in a news release announcing his candidacy.
“County government has a wide reach, with a part to play in lots of different projects, and I am glad to be of service in my role as judge,” Akin said.
Among his areas of focus, he said, are are a solid footing and long-range plan for county roads, a sustainable solid waste department, upkeep and improvements to the nearly 100-year old courthouse and partnerships with other entities designed to improve educational and economic opportunities. Ongoing efforts include the development of a regional detention facility, construction of a sewer system for Winchester residents, improved facilities at the county landfill and completion of infrastructure work at the intermodal facility.
At the recent fall meeting of the Arkansas County Judges’ Association, Akin was elected to the organization’s executive board. As a member of the board, he will be an advocate for the concerns of Southeast Arkansans and will be able to work closely with the state’s senators and representatives on issues facing the state’s 75 counties.
Before becoming county judge, Akin worked in the construction and logistics industries. He was elected to the Monticello City Council in 2000 and served nearly a full term there before a move outside the city limits required him to give up his seat. He also served two terms on the board of the Arkansas Chuckwagon Racing Association, and is a previous member of the advisory council at the Occupational Education Center of the Monticello School District.
“I have worked hard in my first two terms and tried to do my best for the residents of Drew County,” Akin said. “I have gotten to know a lot of you, and have learned a lot about meeting the challenges the county faces. I hope the voters will give me a chance to continue the good things we have started and to keep the county moving forward. I want to ask everyone for their vote and support in the 2016 election.”
A Drew County native, Akin is the son of George and Pat Akin and the grandson of the late Dr. A.K. and Louise Busby and Cecil and Christine Akin. He and his wife, Cindy, a math facilitator at Monticello Elementary School, have been married for 34 years. They have two daughters, Britni, 32, and Kinsley, 20. Britni, who lives in Colorado, has a 10 year-old son, Boston, and Kinsley is a junior at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville.