Friday, March 21, 2008

Congratulations to Barbara Fitzpatrick

Local 965 member Barbara Fitzpatrick is unopposed for the Washington County Quorum Court position from District 6 in Fayetteville, and she will take office as a member of the county legislative body in January. Barbara is an administrative assistant at the University of Arkansas sociology department and has been active in the Fayetteville community for the past 11 years. She worked as an educator for about eight years, including as a science teacher in Fort Smith during the 1980s. She has a master's degree in education.

"Washington County has a diverse population with diverse needs, and I will work hard to build the necessary consensus for an effective government that addresses problems and finds practical solutions," Fitzpatrick stated.

"Declining tax revenues means that we will have to find ways to do more with less while maintaining a balanced budget."

In addition, Fitzpatrick stated," I am committed to an open process, both between myself and my neighbors I hope to represent, and in the operation of our county government.

"Just as we demand a financially stable county government, we must also work to ensure sustainable public policies and practices that protect the wonderful environmental blessings we have and preserve that natural heritage for our children and grandchildren," her announcement stated.

We wish Barbara the best and know that she will be an effective advocate for working families in her district.

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