Won’t seek re-election: King cites farming obligations, frustration of state politics
State Sen. Bryan King of Green Forest has announced that he will not seek re-election in 2018.
King, a Republican from Green Forest, represents District 5. The district includes a significant portion of Carroll County as well as all of Madison County and parts of Washington, Johnson, Franklin, Crawford and Sebastian counties.
King said his primary reason for not seeking re-election is his obligations on his family farm but he also cited “the frustrations of Little Rock” as playing a part in his decision.
King has been a frequent critic of Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s financial policies, particularly the state’s Medicaid expansion which he says will create a drain on the state’s budget.
King, 49, served six years in the state House of Representatives before being elected to the state Senate in 2012.
Asked to list his biggest accomplishments as a legislator, King said “sticking up for the people back home.”
He also cited his record on issues regarding the state budget, saying he is proud of “trying to keep the state on the right financial path and trying to keep us from getting into the bad financial shape that we are in now.”
State Rep. Bob Ballinger of Hindsville has announced that he will run for the District 5 seat.
The filing period for state elections will run from Feb. 22 to March 1, with the primary election scheduled for May 22 and the general election on Nov. 6.