Jessie L. Griffin, a retired Command Sergeant Major with twenty-seven years of military experience, has announced his candidacy for Drew County judge in the upcoming May primary.
Griffin, a native of Monticello, is a 1971 graduate of Drew Central High School. Since returning to Monticello, his employment history includes 10 years as service manager for Lucky Chevrolet. He also worked for Sears and the Bradley Lumber Company and is currently employed as a purchasing agent for Price Lumber Company.
“I feel the position of county judge would not only be challenging, but would allow me to use my administrative and management skills,” Griffin said.
A newcomer to the political arena, Griffin said he is running as a Republican because he believes the Republican Party now more closely reflects the conservative values of most Arkansans.
He said he feels his experience, which includes supervising staff members, being responsible for scheduling work assignments for upwards of two hundred people, structuring and implementing budgets of up to $5 million, being responsible for care and maintenance of equipment in excess of $500,000, and working proactively on committees for a common goal make him a viable candidate for the office.
Griffin said he has a love for Southeast Arkansas, especially Drew County. He enjoys meeting and talking to people and has the ability to develop strong working relationships.
“I have a strong work ethic, high moral standards, and am not afraid to voice my opinion and fight for what I believe in,”Griffin said. “It is important to me to give back to the community. I would appreciate your vote and the opportunity to serve as Drew County Judge.”
Griffin and his wife Linda are members of the Enon Baptist Church and have two children and five grandchildren.