Elliott to seek Democratic nomination to state House

Former Arkansas State Rep. Efrem Elliott has announced that he will seek the 2014 Democratic nomination for the District 16 House seat will be vacated by Rep. James Word of Pine Bluff.

Elliott and Word’s Districts were combined due to redistricting last year.

“My focus is and will always be what the community needs to move forward,”Elliott said. “Working together with the city and county government, we can bring jobs to the District and increase affordable housing while making sure our youth are not neglected”.

Elliott pointed to his experience representing District 11 in the House.

“I would like to continue all the good work I started in the 88th General Assembly. We got a lot of great things done for Arkansas,” he said. “We used common sense solutions to bring people together across party lines.”

Elliott hosts The Elliott Alert, a weekly television show on UAPB-TV that focuses on current issues.

Elliott served as assistant speaker pro tempore during his tenure in the House and chaired the House committee on aging and legislative affairs. He also served on several other committees.

A former Altheimer police chief, Elliott has also served as an aide to former U.S. Rep. Mike Ross and to state Rep. Hank Wilkins IV of Pine Bluff during Wilkins’ service in the state Senate. He also served as director of security for the Sixth Division of Circuit Court (Juvenile Division) of the 11th Judicial District West, which includes Jefferson and Lincoln counties.

Elliott is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass communications. He also graduated from the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy at Camden.

Elliott and his wife, Tracie, have three children, Tiarriah, Terri and Efrem Jr.