(Jonesboro, AR) – Craighead County Judge Marvin Day has announced his candidacy to succeed Harold Perrin as Mayor of Jonesboro.
“The last 36 hours have been a whirlwind,” Day said. “Mayor Perrin called me Tuesday evening and asked if we could meet. We have spent the last two years working side by side to make Jonesboro and Craighead County a better place to live, work and raise a family.”
“To say that I was shocked and saddened by our conversation is an understatement,” Day said. “First and foremost, my thoughts and prayers are going out to Harold on this unexpected journey he is about to take. Harold Perrin has become a friend as we have worked together, and I appreciate all that he has done to make Jonesboro a better place.”
Day said his conversation with Perrin was both personal and professional. “Once we visited about his reasonings for not seeking re-election, he asked me to consider running for the job,” Day said. “I was humbled by his encouragement. We have worked hard together in our capacities as Judge and Mayor, and I told him it was something I would certainly pray about with my family.”
“When the news broke yesterday about the Mayor not seeking re-election, my phone began to ring immediately and I was overwhelmed by the support I was receiving from people all over the city encouraging me to consider running,” Day said.
Day, 50, is a 5th generation resident of Jonesboro. He says that his hometown roots run deep, and they always have. “My wife Ashley and I both made decisions in our early 20’s that Jonesboro was going to be our home,” Day said. “We were finishing college, and we both had opportunities to take promising jobs in other states. But we both had a love for our community and made the commitment then that my hometown and my family would always take priority.”
Day said he left the private sector over a decade ago to dedicate his life to his family and in service to the community. “I was given an opportunity to join CWL as an engineer as a way to make a difference,” Day said. “That opportunity was very attractive to me because of their rich tradition of community support and constantly working to make things better here. It was a way for me to take my formal education and put it to work to help make Jonesboro a better and a more viable place.”
“Three years ago, I felt a calling to run for County Judge as a way of taking that service to another level. People who know me best know my heart,” Day said. “They know that I serve God first and foremost, and that I want to be where He wants me to be. I am placing this decision and this election in His hands.”
“That said, I feel that being the Mayor of Jonesboro would be the best platform for me to make the greatest contribution to our community, and I hope that the citizens of Jonesboro will feel the same way. I look forward to visiting with the residents of Jonesboro over the coming weeks and months to talk about our shared vision for the future; and to let them know I am ready and willing to go to work to lead this community.”