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story.lead_photo.caption Leon Jones Jr.

Leon Jones Jr., a Republican seeking the Arkansas Attorney General's post, stopped in Texarkana on Tuesday to announce his candidacy.

Jones, 49, said he believes constituents want to know elected officials care about them regardless of political affiliation.

An elected official should represent all people, he said.

If elected, he has three major areas of focus:

Identity theft protection

Jones plans to work with federal, state and local law enforcement to ensure they have the tools and resources they need to combat identity theft.

Eliminating fraud, particularly in fair housing, Medicare, Medicaid and other programs

As the current executive director of the state's Fair Housing Commission, Jones' office investigates several complaints with many of them dealing with service animals for the disabled. If elected, he plans to expand education and investigative resources to Medicaid and Medicare fraud.

And ensuring all residents, particularly rural residents, have better access to technology and security

When it comes to technology, ensuring residents in rural areas have access to broadband internet is a primary goal.

Jones touts his leadership roles and experience in two state agencies.

He has served as the executive director of the state's Fair Housing Commission since July 2019. Prior to that, he was director of the Department of Labor.

While at the Department of Labor, he instituted changes that resulted in savings of more than $70,000 annually.

A native of Pine Bluff, Ark., he is a graduate of the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff and UA Law School.

He plans to apply the laws in an equitable manner and ensure the laws protect the rights of all Arkansans.

He also ran a law firm from 2009-2014.

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