Candace Jeffress has announced her intent to seek the nomination for the seat formerly held by the late Sheilla Lampkin.
“Representative Lampkin was a great champion for Southeast Arkansas and for Ashley and Drew Counties,” Jeffress said. “She was an advocate for all, and she made a wonderful impact on hundreds of children in our district whose lives are better off because of her work, love and care. Sheilla was a dear friend and she will be missed by all. It is my desire to follow in her footsteps and to continue her work for SE Arkansas and the citizens here.”
Jeffress lives in Crossett where she has resided since moving with her family from Oregon to Arkansas as a child when her Dad took a job with the Georgia-Pacific Corporation. She is an educator of 30 years who now teaches Civics, Economics, and Psychology in the Hamburg Public School District. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Arkansas in Monticello, her Master’s Degree and more than thirty graduate hours above the Master’s level from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
“The upcoming session of the legislature is going to be profoundly important as the budget for the state of Arkansas is developed,” Jeffress said. “Issues of funding for public schools, funding for state turn back dollars for cities and counties, funding of prisons, and the funding of human services for our citizens will take center place and be very important to Ashley and Drew counties. In all of these areas of concern, I will support the needs of our district each and every day. One of the greatest assets we have in District 9 is the University of Arkansas at Monticello, and I pledge to fight for it in every way possible.”
Jeffress is currently a member of the Crossett City Council and is a member of Beech Street Baptist Church.
Jeffress is married to former state Senator Jimmy Jeffress and they have four adult daughters who, along with their husbands, have given them seven grandchildren.