Richard Pena has announced his candidacy for the position of Polk County Judge in the 2014 election, after officially filing as a candidate this week during the registration period.
Richard has been married to his wife Sharon Kay for 46 years, and they have three children, seven grandchildren, and four great-grand children.
Richard and Sharon moved to Hatfield in 2002, where they still reside today. He is a retired railroad engineer of the Union Pacific Railroad of 30 years.
After retirement, Richard went on to work for other railroads to help rebuild rail beds and train their employees to operate their locomotives, as we all motivate them.
Richard and Sharon are members of the First Baptist Church in Mena. Richard is a member of the Hatfield Volunteer Fire Department, and is a member of the Arkansas Activities Association where he spends time as a sports referee and umpire.
Richard is currently a substitute teacher and substitute bus driver for the Cossatot River School District and Ouachita River School District.
In 2011, Richard authored the holiday-themed children’s book “The Train that Saved Christmas.”
“I am confident with the experience I have had working with the building of railroad beds that withstand heavy traffic, and working alongside the experience of the Polk County Road employees, together we can move Polk County and the county roads forward,” Richard said. “If elected, my plan is to be on schedule in spite of any difficulties we might encounter.
“I believe the challenges we might face, we will have the ability to make effective decisions, and good communication is the key to succeeding with our ideas and resources.”