State Representative Speaks seeks a third term

State Representative Nelda Speaks has announced her intent to run for a third term for District 100 which includes a portion of Baxter County. Speaks serves on the House Education Committee and the House City, County and Local Affairs where she chairs the Local Government Personnel Permanent Subcommittee. She also serves on the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee and Joint Performance Review.Speaks has served previous terms as Baxter County Treasurer and Justice of the Peace.

She says the committees in which she currently serves brings her closer to her constituents.

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Speaks also co-chaired the Alzheimer's Committee with a desire to help families devastated by the disease.

She remains an advocate for Arkansas State University Mountain Home, including the new technical center. The technical Center received the largest chunk of General Improvement Funds (GIF), at $16,500, which was part of the $70,000 worth of GIF funds she helped distribute since 2015.

Speaks also had partial responsibility for getting a GED program at the university so locals would no longer have to travel an hour-and-a-half to get to the nearest testing site.

Speaks is a mother of one daughter and lives in Mountain Home with her husband Benny.

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