Curtis enters race for county clerk

Doug Curtis is a candidate for the office of Saline County clerk.
He is seeking the Republican Party's nomination in the May preferential primary election.
Curtis is no stranger to county government, having served nine terms on the Saline County Quorum Court.
"I would like to take my experience into the county clerk's office," Curtis said.
"I have been involved with the current county clerk, Freddy Burton, and his staff on many elections and various other projects throughout my tenure as a justice of the peace," he noted.
"I would like to be a part of the continuing excellence that this department of the county has shown over the years," Curtis added.
He commended Burton's staff and the operation of the county clerk's office.
"The current personnel are very knowledgeable and together with my experience, I believe there would be a smooth transition to new leadership," he said.
Curtis said he has"always had a great respect for the election process."
"I understand the importance of this great tradition," he said.
If elected county clerk, he pledged to "work diligently to keep our systems updated and ensure that all elections are conducted fairly."
He said his "proudest accomplishment" as a member of the Quorum Court is the fact that county business has been administered without imposing a tax. As chairman of the court's Finance and Personnel Committee, he said he has "worked earnestly on the annual budget to ensure that services are maintained and are allowed to grow for the citizens as needed and at the same time keeping the county within its budget."
Curtis owns and operates Curtis Auto Glass in Benton.
In addition to being a small business owner, he is active in the community. He is a deacon at Spring Creek Baptist Church, where he has been committed to the youth program.
He has served as chairman of Ducks Unlimited and is a former member of the Saline County Airport Commission.
For many years, he coached in the Optimist Club's baseball program and the Kiwanis Club's softball program. He is also a member of the Benton Masonic Lodge.
Curtis, son of the late Billy Bob Curtis, a longtime city alderman, and Opal Curtis, has lived in Saline County all of his life. He is married to the former Jeannette Talbert and they have raised four children.
Their oldest son, Joshua, earned a political science degree at University of Arkansas at Little Rock and works for Arkansas Land Commissioner John Thurston. Joshua's wife, Alisha, is finance director for the Republican Party of Arkansas.
Son John David is a recent Arkansas Tech University graduate and currently is pursuing a master's degree in emergency management and homeland security.
Daughter Jonica is a senior at Arkansas Tech University, where she is majoring in early childhood education and currently is interning at Collegeville Elementary School.
Daughter Joanna is a sophomore double major in math and secondary education at Ouachita Baptist University.