JONESBORO—Dave Betts of Jonesboro has announced his intent to run for the District 59 seat of the Arkansas State House of Representatives, which covers the northwest portion of Craighead County, including Bono, Cash, Egypt, and north and west areas of Jonesboro.
The son of a struggling mother, coming from humbling beginnings, Betts is a local entrepreneur, third generation rodeo cowboy, and President of C&I Global, a telecommunications company headquartered in Jonesboro. “Serving my peers has always been a top priority of mine. People, no matter their socioeconomic status, deserve to be represented by someone who will take the time to listen to their concerns and be their voice in Little Rock”.
Betts says that he wants to make education and workforce development a top priority of his candidacy. “For too long, we’ve been telling students in high school that the only way that you’re going to get ahead in life is by earning a four-year degree—that’s simply not the case. A four-year degree is a great choice for some, but for others, trade schools and technical certificates are a better option”.
In addition to his desire to see improvements in the field of education and workforce development, Betts also wants to find better ways to deter crime and support law enforcement with the skills and equipment needed to protect Arkansans and improve their overall quality of life.
Betts is a strong pro-life candidate, who proudly supports conservative values and the second amendment. He and his wife, Lisa, have been married for 36 years and live on their ranch in Jonesboro. Together, they have one grown daughter, Blair, married to her husband, Ben Ray, and were blessed with a granddaughter, Alivia.