State Representative Trevor Drown of Russellville officially announced his campaign for Arkansas Secretary of State during a monthly meeting of the Pope County Republican Committee on Tuesday night.
Drown is a two-term State Representative from District 68, which includes parts of Pope and Van Buren Counties. As a U.S. Army Green Beret, he has served in special forces operations in Afghanistan and South Sudan. In addition, he retired from the United Parcel Service in 2016 after a 27-year career. “My entire career has been centered around organization, logistics, and budgeting,” said Drown. “I want to use that experience in the Secretary of State position to help save tax dollars, ensure fair elections, and to make it easy to conduct business in Arkansas.” Drown maintains reserve status with the Army National Guard, where he continues his military service as a Master Sergeant with the 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Training Detachment. He has many decorations, including the Bronze Star for Service and the Army Commendation Medal for Valor.
The next Secretary of State will play an important role in redistricting, the process of updating legislative districts every ten years to meet population shifts. The Secretary of State has one of three votes when finalizing the new districts, the other two votes belonging to the Governor and Attorney General.When asked about his outlook on redistricting, Drown said he believes the partisan politics of the Democrats in control during the 2011 redistricting resulted in a lot of poorly shaped districts. “Many voters are losing faith in our political system due in large part because of political gerrymandering. I believe it should be done in a consistent and uniform manner that considers geography and regional input first.”
Drown stressed that his experiences as a Green Beret make him best suited to oversee the security of the capitol grounds, another job of the Secretary of State’s office. He plans to work closely with the Capitol Police in working to enhance the current security protocol.“Every day our capitol has visitors from around the state, nation, and world. With all the unfortunate acts of violence and terrorism happening today, Arkansans need to know they can visit the capitol without fear of attack,” continued Drown. Drown said he plans to also use his military experience to expand a veteran’s outreach program within the office that will “ensure veterans have another avenue for obtaining answers to questions about our state’s government and the many programs available to them.”
Drown and his wife Kara have been married for 17 years. They have two children, Ayden, 16, and Ella, 8. Drown is a member of the National Rifle Association, Arkansas Cattleman Association, Special Operations Association, Special Forces Association, and the American Legion.