Central Arkansas radio personality RJ Hawk is a step closer to representing the newly drawn District 81 in the Arkansas House of Representatives. Hawk, of the morning drive show on Little Rock’s KABZ The Buzz 103.7, defeated small business owner Walter Burgess in the Republican primary for the newly created District 81 seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives.
Hawk won with 55 percent of the vote and will face Democrat Roy Vaughn and Libertarian Greg Sharp, both of whom were unopposed in their respective party primaries, in the November general election. Walter Burgess co-owns Power Technology Inc., a laser manufacturer in Alexander. He serves as vice chairman of both the Bryant Planning Commission and the Arkansas Science & Technology Board.
Last year, state officials redrew all 100 Arkansas House districts, following the 2020 census, as required by law. The new District 81 is a result of population growth in Saline County. The district encompasses Bryant, Alexander and Shannon Hills.
Hawk currently is a member of the Bryant City Council. He also is a real estate agent for Clark & Co. and calls high school football games on The Buzz.