US Senator John Boozman was in Mena Tuesday morning as part of a two day tour of southwest Arkansas. The Senior United States Senator for Arkansas was welcomed by County Judge Brandon Ellison who described Boozman as a statesman and friend to Polk County.
The Senator spoke briefly about current events Congress is dealing with and said that the completion of I-49 and broadband development were key to economic grown for this area. Boozman is the founder and co-chair of the Senate Broadband Caucus.
Questions and comments from those in attendance were largely about I-49 and agriculture. Polk County Extension Agent Sherry Beaty-Sullivan asked about continued funding for extension programs and Senator Boozman, a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and a former cattle rancher, spoke optimistically of continued support for such services and shared that all three of his daughters were 4-H members and showed cattle growing up.
Also in attendance were Mena Mayor Seth Smith and State Representative John Maddox.
Senator Boozman is also visiting NIDEC-US Motors and UARM while in Mena.