Jefferson County District 13 JP announces re-election bid

Jefferson County District 13 Justice of the Peace Edward Spears has announced that he will be seeking re-election to the post.

According to a news release, Spears is completing his 12th year as justice of the peace, serving on several quorum court committees, including health and welfare, which he chairs, finance, solid waste and judicial.

Spears said that his top priorities include the improvement of county roads, beautification of local communities and the development of youth programs.

“I believe we have been good stewards of the taxpayers’ dollars,” Spears said in the news release, commenting on his belief that one of his greatest accomplishments is aiding in the financial stability of Jefferson County’s finances.

Spears conducts quarterly cleanups throughout his district and hosts periodic town hall meetings to hear and gather information from citizens.

According to the news release, Spears sponsored legislation in 2005 that created the Board for Children and Youth, which is tasked with studying issues and creating programs that affect children and families in Jefferson County.

Spears has been involved with developing and implementing youth programs in north Jefferson County since 1990 according to the news release.

Spears served on the Wabbaseka City Council from 1990 to 2000, and was appointed by then-Gov. Mike Beebe to the Arkansas Optometry Board in 2008.

Spears is a member of the NAACP, the local chapter of ACO, the Association of Arkansas Counties, and the Wabbaseka Church of Christ.

Spears is married to Coretha Carroll Spears and they have two children.