Senator Jonathan Dismang, Republican

How long have you lived in the area of District 28? Roughly 25 years

What do you believe qualifies you to be District 28 state Senator?

As your senator, I am committed representing you from a position of leadership. I will never watch from the sidelines at the state Capitol. From reining in excessive salaries through my position on the Lottery Legislative Oversight Committee, to effectively speaking out against overreaching mandates and regulations, I have a proven record of steadfast, conservative leadership as a member of the State Legislature.

What do you believe to be the most important issue facing Senate District 28?

I believe that job creation and retention should be the focus of legislation in the 89th General Assembly.

How would you meet the issue?

Since first being elected to the legislature, I have focused on reforming our tax system in order to better our state’s business climate. In fact, during the last legislative session, I successfully sponsored unemployment reform that will save Arkansas job creators an estimated $70 million per year. That is $70 million that can now be used for additional research, business expansion, and new jobs. During the next session, I will use my business background to continue developing innovative ways to better our tax code, so that prospective entrepreneurs see that Arkansas is truly "open for business".

What would be your top three priorities if elected, and brief explanations why?

First, I will focus on making Arkansas’ job creation climate as appealing as possible. While we are in a very difficult economy, I believe that we are in an incredible position to advance our state. I will use my background of working with our state’s small business owners to help foster and promote job growth.

Second, I will continue to advance child advocacy related issues. This has been an area that I have concentrated on in my first four years in the legislature. As your Senator and the proud father of two boys, I will continue working to ensure that our state does everything possible to safeguard and protect the innocence of our children. Currently, I am working with child advocacy leaders across the state to create a legislative package, which will specifically deal with child protection, for introduction in the 89th General Assembly.

Third, I will continue my role as a bridge builder between not only the House of Representative and the State Senate, but also between the two parties. During the last session, I successfully worked to create bipartisan coalitions to tackle our state’s most pressing issues. It is that position of leadership that I hope to continue for the people of Senate District 28 in the State Senate.