State Sen. Eddie Cheatham has announced he will seek re-election. Cheatham represents Arkansas District 26 which is comprised of Ashley, Bradley, Chicot and Drew counties and portions of Cleveland, Desha and Lincoln counties in Southeast Arkansas.

Cheatham, a Democrat, is serving his first term in the Arkansas Senate.

“I have enjoyed serving in the Senate and feel I have done a good job representing the people of Southeast Arkansas and Arkansans in general,” Cheatam said in a news release announcing his re-election bid. “If re-elected I will focus my efforts on continued economic development and improved educational opportunities in southeast Arkansas. I also hope to work to implement additional tax cuts and health care reform which will benefit all residents of Arkansas.”

Cheatham is chairman of the Legislative Joint Auditing for State Agencies and is Co-Chair of the Arkansas State Game and Fish Oversight Committee. He serves on the Education Commitee, the Agriculture, Forestry & Economic Development Committee, the Public Retirement and Social Security Programs Committee, the Rural Fire Departments Committee, the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee and the Rules, Resolutions and Memorials Committee. He is also a member of the State & Public School Life & Health Insurance Task Force.

Previously, Cheatham served six years in the Arkansas House of Representatives and is a former alderman on the Crossett City Council. He holds a Bachelors in Education from Southern Arkansas University and a Masters in Education from the University of Arkansas. He retired from UAM-Crossett Technology Center where he worked in Student Services and Finance.

He is a member of the Crossett Rotary Club, Crossett Historical Society, Ashley County Historical Society, West Ashley County Water Commission and the Crossett and the Hamburg Chambers of Commerce.

A resident of Ashley County for the last 44 years, Cheatham is married to the former Virginia Plair. They have two children, Seth and Gina, and six grandchildren. They are active members of the First United Methodist Church of Crossett. Cheatham is a member of the Administrative Board and Finance Committee. Both Cheatham and his wife have been involved in local youth mission work and in the Appalachian Mountains.