Ginny Lynn Stone announces today that she will be running as an independent candidate for the Van Buren County Tax Assessor in 2018. Stone is a lifelong resident of Van Buren County, being born and raised in Shirley. She graduated from Shirley High School and received her bachelors from Arkansas Tech University in Agriculture Business. Stone has worked for the Van Buren County Soil Conservation District for the past 7 years where she does data collection, farm/field management and soil analysis. “I love visiting the farmers and landowners and helping them with pasture planning, as well as application and their receipt for cost sharing with USDA.”

“I grew up working in an alternative agri business – the Shiitake Mushroom Center – with my sister Kasey Nelson and my parents, Tom and Brandy Kimmons. I’m running as an independent because, whether you’re assessing, collecting or spending the taxpayers money you should do it right down the middle with no regard to party or position. All of the municipal officials throughout the county are non-partisan, that would be a good policy for county officials as well.”

Ginny lives in Shirley with her 8 year old son, Tommy, on the family farm where she grew up. Her experience in leadership and management includes her present seat as Position Number 3 on the Shirley City Council. She also serves as a volunteer board member of the non-profit, Shirley Community Development Corp., as well as the group leader for the Middle Fork 4-H club.Stones’ past work experience includes working with the USDA Forest Service, as administrative assistant to an appellate court judge, and as an inventory manager for a large construction firm.

Ms. Stone adds, “I will encourage efficiency and friendly service in the tax assessor’s office. I have the education, experience and background to further the work that’s been done by the current assessor and will continue to make that office work productively for the citizens of our county. When it comes to assessing or spending my own money, I am conservative. That principal will apply to the taxpayers’ money as well. I would appreciate your vote on November 6.”