Former state Rep. Barbara Nix has announced her candidacy for the position she held from 2009 to 2011. Nix is seeking the Democratic Party's nomination for the District 28 seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives.
Nix is seeking the position currently held by state Rep. Kim Hammer, a Republican.
While serving in the Arkansas Legislature, Nix served on the House Transportation, City, County, Local Government, and Audit committees. She co-chaired the Legislative Task Force on Sustainable Building and Design Practices and was reappointed to the task force where she currently serves.
Nix has stayed involved in the community as a member of the board of directors of the Benton Area Chamber of Commerce, is a board member and vice president for Habitat for Humanity of Saline County, and a board member and officer for the Benton Athletic Memorial Museum. She is currently a director for the Saline Crossing nonprofit organization to preserve the Old River Bridge.
A longtime educator, Nix taught in the Benton School
District for 38 years, during which time she served as president of the Benton Education Association and was named Benton teacher of the year in 2007. She retired in 2009 after winning a seat in the state House of Representatives.
She currently is on staff at Benton's First United Methodist Church, where she is the director of children’s Christian education programs.
She is a lifelong resident of Benton and a longtime member of First United Methodist Church where she and her husband, the late Bobby Nix, taught Sunday School for more than 20 years.
“The district lines have changed since the recent re-districting," Nix said. " While many of the people in this district are the same, the current lines cover a lot of new areas. I look forward to re-connecting with the people I represented and meeting people in the new areas that are now part of District 28.
"I have stayed involved with the heart of this area, always working to help make it a great place for our children and families," she said. "I am proud to have helped with the realization of a soon-to-be new civic center and in helping promote UALR’s and the city’s goals for a four-year higher education program for our students and families.
"As state representative, I will again be in a position to bring money and resources into this area for our people and to help District 28 and our state prosper by promoting and securing opportunities for job growth and, as an experienced classroom teacher of 38 years, continuing my involvement in education programs for our children and educators.
"One important service as a state representative is to be accessible to the people who live in this area and assist them with their personal problems and issues, guiding them to the people who can make a difference and help in solving those issues. I consider that extremely important.”
Nix is the daughter of the late Embra (Sarge) and Ruth Farley of Benton.
Her family includes a son, Richard Jacuzzi and wife Alisha, and a daughter, Kris Curtis and husband Jeff, all of Benton. She also has three grandchildren, Isabella and Grant Jacuzzi and Jacey Curtis.