State Rep. Fred Love of Little Rock on Monday announced his 2022 candidacy for the District 31 seat in the Arkansas State Senate currently held by term-limited fellow Democrat Joyce Elliott.
Love, director of community services for Pulaski County, is serving his sixth term in the Arkansas House of Representatives. He represents House District 29, which encompasses a portion of Pulaski County.
In a statement, Love said he was running to continue the “proud legacy” of Elliott, who taught him at Joe T. Robinson High School in west Little Rock.
“I am running because I care deeply about this community, our children, and our future,” he said. “I believe I have the experience, a proven record of taking on the tough fights and getting big things done for my constituents. I am willing to work with anyone to find solutions to our problems. I will never stop listening to the people of this district or fighting for a brighter future for all of us and that is why I am asking for your vote for state senate.”
For the 93rd General Assembly, Love served on the Joint Budget Committee, the Joint Committee on Advanced Communication and Information Technology, the House Education Committee and the House State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee. He was a sponsor for Acts 605 and 941, the former ensuring all municipal water systems will be properly maintained and funded and the latter providing funds for a certified county veteran-services officer in all 75 counties.
Love previously served as Minority Leader for the 92nd General Assembly and is past chair of the Arkansas Legislative Black Caucus. His focus in the House has been on health care and its infrastructure in District 29.