Senator Trent Garner on Monday announced his decision to run for re-election for District 27 in south Arkansas. The election will be held in 2020.

Garner’s district is comprised of Union and Calhoun County and portions of Cleveland, Grant, Jefferson and Ouachita counties.

“I’m excited to announce my decision to run for another term in the Arkansas State Senate,” Garner said in a news release. “As a former Special Forces Green Beret, I had the privilege of serving my country. I am humbled that I am able to continue to serve the people of Arkansas.”

According to the release, Garner “has worked to make government more efficient, effective and accountable. He has shown a measurable track record of results in areas that impact most Arkansans.”

First elected in 2016, Garner said he made the campaign promise to work with Governor Asa Hutchinson and other legislators to create a better economy. Arkansas is currently experiencing the lowest unemployment rate in state history.

“I promised the people of Arkansas I would be the right leader to take us in a new direction,” Garner said in the news release. “With record-low unemployment, tax cuts to working Arkansans, and a nearly $300 million budget surplus, we are moving in a new and better direction.”

As a veteran, Garner said he made it a priority to lead the way on improving the lives of veterans in Arkansas. He eliminated the veteran’s retirement income tax, which means our veterans will keep every dollar they earn for their military service.

“My opponent is a tax and spend, big government democrat who had one of the worst records in office for economic policies and personal liberty,” Garner said in the news release. “He voted to raise Arkansan’s taxes by half a billion dollars his last year in office, stopped a bill that would have prevented an abortion after a baby can feel pain, and much more.”

Garner said he has kept his promises and worked hard for the people of Arkansas. However, he said there is more to be done and he wants to continue to build on our success.

“I’ve led the fight for our 2nd Amendment rights, put veterans first, and stood up for Arkansas values,

he said. “I’m optimistic for our future and want to continue to move us forward. I am honored to be your State Senator and I’m asking for your support.”

Garner was a Special Forces Green Beret who served two tours in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His military decorations include Bronze Star with V device, Combat Infantry Badge, and Special Forces Tab. Garner graduated from University of Arkansas in Little Rock. He attended the University of Arkansas School of Law, where he graduated with a Juris Doctor and Master in Arts in Political Science. Professionally, he is a licensed attorney.

Born in Magnolia, Garner was raised in Harmony Grove. He lives in El Dorado with his wife Kelly and son Lincoln and daughter Delta.