Sonya RyburnDrew County resident Sonya Leggett-Ryburn will be a candidate for State Representative District 9 in the 2014 election on the Republican ticket, according to a news release announcing her candidacy.

District 9 includes major portions of Drew and Ashley counties.

Ryburn, who comes from a family of life-long Drew County residents, is the daughter of Thomas and Nealie Leggett, and the wife of Robbie Ryburn. Together, Sonya and Robbie have have two children, Alyson, 20, and Lee, 13. A recent addition to their family came this summer when they opened their home to 17-year-old Darius Ridgell who plans to go into student ministry.

Ryburn attended Harding University in the Communication Disorder program. She has 15 years of professional experience in the fields of banking, medical offices, public school systems and Blue Cross, Blue Shield. She also derives a lot of her practical experience from her love of being a mom and homeschooling her son. In addition, she is also very active in Pauline Baptist Church where she attends and strives to continue to live a life consistent with the Christian and Conservative values by which she was raised.

“I grew up loving this town and the residents of Drew County, but we all want to see positive change. Change that will encourage jobs. Change that will facilitate improvements in our schools and inspire our students to excel. Change that will give power back to our town, because we know more about what we need here in District 9 than someone in Washington, D.C.,” Ryburn said.

“I’m willing to do what is right for my district. I want our area in South Arkansas to grow and compete with all other faster growing cities,” she said. “This is our best opportunity to move forward and I want to encourage the voters of District 9 to understand the positive changes that a seated Republican could accomplish in this next election.”

Diana Harton, Chairman of the Drew County Republicans said having Ryburn running on the ticket is “fantastic.”

“This seat is extremely important for the future of Southeast Arkansas and is one that we must win in order to see this part of the State prosper,” Harton said. “Gary Meggs, who ran in 2012, made a strong push for this seat and we intend to build on the gains he made. The Democrats have been in control for 150 plus years in south Arkansas and it is time for a change.”

Ryburn does not have an announced opponent in the Republican primary election in May, but will face a Democrat challenger in the general election in November 2014.

You can reach Ryburn by email at [email protected] or by phone at 870-723-9107.