J. French Hill, Republican-nominee for the seat being vacated by 2nd District Congressman Tim Griffin, will visit Van Buren County on Aug. 11.

Hill, an Arkansas businessman, plans to lunch in Shirley at the Senior Center, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Later, he will drop in on the Fairfield Bay ice cream social being held at the Our Towne Conference Center hosted by the Van Buren County Republicans, 1:45-2:30 p.m. In the evening, he will dine in Clinton with the Cattlemens Association at its monthly meeting held at Western Sizzlin’, 6-7:15 p.m. All sessions are open to the general public. No reservations need be made.

Also on tap during his eight-hour county tour will be discussions with County Judge Roger Hooper at the Courthouse Annex and with Fairfield Bay Mayor Paul Wellenberger at City Offices. Governmental matters will be the subject in both locations. Hill also has roundtable meetings scheduled with local bankers, investment managers, insurance brokers and small business owners on regional economic matters. He will also hold private conversations with long-time residents familiar with significant county challenges relating to the poor and needy.

According to Jack Sisson, Hill’s campaign manager, "We are aiming for a full day in the county, listening, learning and being exposed to matters most important to a wide spectrum of people. Most of our contacts are not partisan politics. French is interested in all opinions and in being able to hear and be heard by the grassroots as well as government officers and business leaders."

Hill has not served previously in an elected position. He grew his own successful business in Little Rock where he resides with his wife, Martha, and two children, Liza and Payne.

For more information about the Van Buren County visit, contact Ingram Philips, 253-8989, French Hill for Congress campaign field representative.