Mary Lynn Philips announces she is seeking her third term as Justice of the Peace District 4, Fairfield Bay.


“I am so thankful for the privilege of serving this community,” said Justice Philips. “Fairfield Bay is a wonderful place to live and work. In the past 3 years, through the efforts of government leaders, business and professional persons, volunteers and groups, I am excited to say our overall economy is improving and our future is bright. Although most of my duties are behind the scenes and are legislative in nature, I have applied myself to learn the issues and means to make forward progress. I have forged relationships in the city, county, state and federal levels, focused on responsible management and been unafraid to take strong stands where needed. I do my ‘homework,’I vote with convictions. If re-elected, I pledge my best efforts.”


Philips has served on the Economic Development, County Roads, Personnel Policy, Building and Grounds, Budget and Ambulance Committees. She has represented the Van Buren Quorum Court to the Association of Arkansas Counties for the last two years and will continue for 2018. She completed the Community Development Institute (year 1) at the University of Central Arkansas and the Mid-South Basic Economic Development course in Little Rock, I have applied myself in Uncommon Communities (an organization set up by the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute to promote Community economic growth in a five county area.


Mary and her husband of almost 30 years, Ingram, are founders of Care Cap Connections, a community cancer project now in its twelfth year. The nonprofit includes hundreds of volunteers. They have made and donated over 82,000 head coverings to women and children bald from chemotherapy. The Philips and their helpers are unpaid.


In 2007, she was one of KARK-TV4’s Community Service Awardees. In 2011, she was honored from the well of the General Assembly by the Arkansas Senate and House of Representatives for her volunteer work. She is a member of the Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church.


Philips received a Bachelor of Science from Texas Tech University and a Master of Science from Texas A&M. She retired from a thirty-year career in education that included nine years in Germany, teaching with the Department of Defense. Mary has deep Arkansas roots, although she was born in Lymington, England. Her mother is Mary C. Powell of Greenbrier and father, the late John Lee Powell, Jr. of Vilonia. The Philips have three children and one grandchild.


Justice Philips is running on the Republican ticket. The election is November 2018.