State treasurer candidate Dennis Milligan visits county GOP
BERRYVILLE -- Arkansas state treasurer candidate Dennis Milligan met with the Carroll County Republican Committee during its meeting on Monday.
"It is great to be up here in God's country," Milligan said after being asked about campaigning in the county. "This is an area that is important to us, these are people who are probably good conservative folks that believe in putting in a fair day's work for a fair day's wage. They believe in self-reliance, and they believe in taking care of their own."
Milligan is currently the circuit clerk for Saline County. He said he was born in Conway and grew up in Little Rock. He owns a company called Water Treatment Services that supplies products and testing services for companies that use large machinery like steam boilers and large air conditioners. He manages roughly 40 employees at his business and is in charge of approximately 25 others as the circuit clerk.
"To this day, I still don't think my wife knows what I do," he said jokingly about his company's operations. "We actually work in 17 states, and we take care of big buildings, and we take care of factory operations. It is not potable water or drinking water, but mechanical water is what we treat."
Milligan shared with the committee his examples of conservative leadership including how he was involved with passing Arkansas Act 291. This act returns commissioner's fees back to the county general fund, rather than to the clerk's personal receiving fees. He said this act was controversial and many circuit clerks were not happy, but he felt it was still a good move.
He is not the only Republican candidate for the position. He will run against Duncan Baird in a primary election in May. The winner of the primary may run unopposed, since no Democrats have declared candidacy and current Treasurer Charles L. Robinson is ineligible to run in 2014.
Robinson was appointed to the position in 2013 by Governor Mike Beebe to serve the remaining time on former State Treasurer Martha Shoffner's term. Shoffner stepped down from her position prematurely after being charged with 14 counts of bribery and extortion along with 10 charges of mail fraud.
Shoffner's trial for the bribery and extortion charges begins March 3, and she will be tried separately for the mail fraud.