Arkansas Department of Economic Development's former marketing director promises better representation
Andy Mayberry of the East End community in Saline County (pop. 5,600) announced plans to run for United States Congress in 2006. The announcement was made during a March 4, 2005, press conference at the State Capitol Building in Little Rock.
Mayberry said that a number of the district's residents and key supporters encouraged him to seek the office.
"I kept hearing two things: People feel their core ideas and beliefs are currently being misrepresented in our nation's capital, and people who know me kept saying that they believe I would do a good job representing their true views and values. To me, that's the main duty of a good congressman: To represent the people he serves."
Mayberry, founder of The East Ender newspaper and publisher of The Spirit Magazine along with his wife Julie, is the former marketing and communications director for the Arkansas Department of Economic Development (ADED). He was a candidate for state representative in 2000.
At ADED, Mayberry served as spokesman for the state on economic development issues and was responsible for marketing Arkansas nationally and internationally as a good place to live, work and do business. Mayberry was at ADED when the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, occurred and he spent the next two critical years helping the state's economy through the recruitment of thousands of higher-paying jobs to Arkansas.
Mayberry has worked as a manager of Corporate Communications for Fortune 500 member Alltel Corporation and in Strategic Development with Baptist Health, the state's largest health care provider. He recently worked on the campaign to pass Amendment 2 - the "Super Project" economic development amendment - to the Arkansas Constitution. Amendment 2 will help Arkansas recruit a super project that plans to create at least 500 jobs and invest a minimum of $500 million. Amendment 2 was approved Nov. 2, 2004, by approximately 64 percent of the state's voters.
"Since I was a child, I have had a passion for public service and I continue to be drawn in that direction," Mayberry said.
Mayberry said he is running for the Second Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican, but views himself as an independent thinker.
"My father thought highly of both John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan," Mayberry said. "I was taught to live by principle, and I believe that's how most Arkansans live and want their elected officials to act and to vote."