Congressman Tim Griffin (R) is traveling to all 75 arkansas counties, and Tuesday he was in Washington County, visiting with Springdale Mayor Doug Sprouse. Griffin says he's meeting with community leaders to discuss his plan to bring more jobs to the Natural State.
Despite a recent bipartisan effort by Arkansas lawmakers to get rid of the lieutenant governor's office, Griffin says it still holds a lot of value. "What I want to do is spend my time helping the next governor and the legislature pursue policies that will help us grow jobs, so I think that history shows there's a very important role for lieutenant governor to play," he said.
This month, Senator Keith Ingram (D) of West Memphis and Senator Jimmy Hickey, Jr. (R) of Texarkana announced they will lead the effort to abolish the lieutenant governor's office when the legislature convenes in January. Sen. Hickey says getting rid of the office would save taxpayers about $450,000 a year. Right now the office is empty, after Mark Darr, the previously elected lieutenant governor, resigned in the middle of his term.
Griffin will face off in November against Democrat John Burkhalter and Libertarian Christopher Olsen.