If he has his way, Gary Meggs, the Director of Bands for the University of Arkansas at Monticello, will be beating a new drum in Little Rock beginning in 2013. Meggs has declared his candidacy for the Arkansas State House of Representatives District 9. District 9 includes portions of Drew and Ashley counties.
“I really want to see South Arkansas explode with new business, population and world class education,” Meggs said. “This will draw many new people to the area and give our young people the opportunity to stay home after high school and college and enjoy a great career in Southeast Arkansas.”
Meggs, a resident of Monticello who is married and has four children, has been the Director of Bands for UAM for 11 years.
A veteran of 22 years of honorable military service in the Air Force and National Guard, Meggs has also served 22 years in public school education.
Gary Meggs listed the following issues as his top priorities as a state legislator:
• Jobs – So our children and grand children have an opportunity to live in Southeast Arkansas and raise their families;
• Less corporate tax state wide so we can compete with surrounding states bringing in new business;
• Southeast Arkansas children deserve all the opportunities that children in North Arkansas enjoy;
• Expansion of the University of Arkansas at Monticello as an economic engine to ignite the economy;
• Teachers and Administrators need better resources and less state and federal government interference; and
• Arkansas District 9 should be a Free Enterprise Zone to attract large businesses.
“Just like almost everyone in South Arkansas, I am a conservative,” Meggs said. “So I’ll be running as a Republican. The Democrat Party left conservative folks like me and the people of District 9 some time ago. And like most Arkansans these days, we’re finding that the conservative fiscal and social values of the Arkansas Republican Party now more closely resemble our own.”