Burks to challenge Rep. Crawford in District 51 House seat

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A contest has come together in the Republican primary for Arkansas House District 51, which covers the southeastern part of Fort Smith, most of Barling and parts of Chaffee Crossing. The primary is set for March 5, 2024.

Jeff Burks announced Thursday (Oct. 5) he will run for the District 51 seat now held by Rep. Cindy Crawford, R-Fort Smith. Crawford, the CEO of Fort Smith-based Hannah House, is seeking re-election.

According to a press release, Burks has more than 30 years of experience in software programming, systems analysis and computer science. He works for ABB (formerly Baldor Electric Co.) as an applications solution architect for eCommerce and electronic data interchange. Prior to ABB, he worked in information technology for Consolidated Printing, Loislaw, and Tyson Foods.

“As representative, I would focus on being a tireless advocate for our local business community and working for fewer regulations, cutting red tape and lessening barriers for entry for new business ventures,” Burks said in the statement. “Fort Smith is entering into an exciting time with the growth happening from the Foreign Military Sales Program and expanding manufacturing facilities. Working to help energize that growth from a state level would be important.”

Jeff Burks

He received a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas.

“I consider being a state representative to be so much more than just being pro-life, fewer taxes and supporting the second amendment. It’s also about fiscal responsibility and evidence-based, logical decision-making, and streamlining outdated processes to ensure efficiency,” he said in the press release.

No Democrat has announced for the District 51 seat.