Maumelle pharmacist Brandon Achor is running for Arkansas House seat 71 that represents portions of the city and below is a transcript of a question and answer he did with ArkansasNewsroom.com.
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The Q&A has been lightly edited and follows.
>> If elected, what are some of the things on your priority list?
My priorities as District 71 representative will center around those issues closest to District 71, which include advocating for parental rights through School Choice and working to make Arkansas more competitive with our neighbors by reducing or eliminating state income taxes.
>> What about your background and experience makes you the most qualified candidate in the race?
As a life-long resident of Maumelle for over 30 years, a local small business owner, and having served as a community resource for healthcare and counsel during unprecedented times, I know this area. I understand the concerns of this community and as an active member of my hometown I can offer a tangible level of accessibility and accountability.
>> How will you work with the other Maumelle/North of the River members of the legislature if elected?
My time serving as a board member for the Arkansas Pharmacists Association has allowed me to not only educate legislators on healthcare issues but also network with a diverse collective of lawmakers over the last 4 years. This engagement has provided a strong relationship with both neighboring legislators as well as others across the state. I will work with all my elected colleagues to move effective policy for the state of Arkansas.
>> How will you work with the other Maumelle/North of the River municipal and county elected officials?
I believe that prioritizing concerns of those who have duly elected me is a necessity for leading impactful legislation. The legislative processes centers around various committees that are assigned specific categories of new law. I plan to apply for a seat on the City, County, Local House Committee, which will provide a direct line of communication with local municipalities and allow me to advocate most effectively.
>> How will you serve your constituents?
Me and my wife are humbled to be able to serve our community as their pharmacists, a truly rewarding and intimate relationship with people of all different back stories. This relationship is built on a promise that we strive to impart to all of our patients: you are not on your own. I counsel all of our employees, it is not your job to solve every problem our patients encounter, but it is absolutely your job to make sure they know they're not alone in working to solve that problem. Making myself as accessible and as accountable to my constituents as I am to my patients will be the foundation for my service.