Patricia MaysPatricia (Ferrell) Mays of Monticello  will be a candidate for the Arkansas House of Representatives District 10 in the 2014 general election on the Republican ticket, according to a news release announcing her candidacy.

“I decided to run for House of Representatives because there is a need for legislators who will pass laws that align with the values of the citizens they represent,” Mays said. “I believe that our representatives should be aware of the current issues, gather all the relevant facts, solicit input from all of their constituents then make the best decision that they can based on the available information.”

A graduate of Monticello High School, Mays earned a bachelor of science and a master of science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and a Ph.D. in Engineering at Texas A&M University. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and a licensed Professional Engineer.

Diana Harton, chairman of the Drew County Republican Party, said she is “thrilled to see a candidate with the qualifications and passion for our part of the state that Dr. Patricia Mays brings to this race.”

Harton said two of Mays’ greatest strengths are her love for people and her desire to see people rise up out of poverty and live the American Dream. “The people of Southeast Arkansas could not pick a more qualified person to represent them in the Arkansas House of Representatives,” Harton said.

Mays is married and is the mother of three children. She has professional work experience as a manufacturing engineer, quality engineer, quality manager and director of quality assurance and regulatory affairs, working in the defense contracting, semiconductor equipment, and medical devices industries. She is recognized as a Certified Quality Auditor and Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence by the American Society for Quality.

Mays is the founder of South Arkansas Growth Organization, a nonprofit community development corporation working to improve health, education, business, and housing in the 19 counties in the southern part of the state; and Kallion Learning Company Monticello, an innovative nonprofit K-12 private school. “I am passionate about building the economies and communities of south Arkansas, and I believe the keys are better education and the creation and strengthening of small businesses,” she said.

Mays is a resident of Drew County, which is at the southern tip of District 10. This district includes parts of Drew, Lincoln, Cleveland, Grant and Jefferson counties. Mays, who is running as a Republican, does not have an announced opponent in the primary election in May, but will face a Democrat challenger in the general election in November 2014.

“We as citizens have lost some of our rights and freedoms and are in danger of losing others,” Mays said. “We can make our state and our country great again, but we must increase knowledge among all of our citizens and make sure that every eligible person votes for representatives who support his or her values.

“I am running as a Republican because the values of the Republican party most closely match my own, including the power of faith in God, the sanctity of life, individual responsibility and initiative, individual freedom, limited government, lower taxes, strong national defense, the personal right to own and bear arms, and the equal and just enforcement of the law,” Mays said. “I urge each voter to closely examine his or her heart and vote with a good conscience for the person who will best represent him or her and who will work hard to help Arkansas achieve its true potential.”

For more information, visit www.maysforar10.com or call her at (870) 308-8346. You can also follow her on Facebook at maysforar10 or follow her on Twitter @maysforar10. Her email is [email protected]