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   Kristina L. Gulley, a Democrat, is no stranger to voters in JP District 10. Kristina has been actively volunteering and serving residents in these communities for years. She has a good relationship working with elected officials and residents on both sides of the aisle, including the Pulaski County Quorum court.

 

   Kristina credits her involvement to these communities to Former State Representative Sharon Beasley-Dobbins who recognized her gifts for advocacy in helping others and she encouraged her to stay active in the community. “I respected and admired Sharon’s genuine love for the people in her district, and her love for family. She served us well. I will strive to the best of my ability to do the same.” 

 

   Kristina also credits her ability to connect with the people in the unincorporated areas to how she grew up in rural Arkansas. Serving people is truly my calling. Politics is local, my connection with the people in District 10 is common ground. At the end of the day, most of us are caring hardworking people who appreciate good values from learned experiences. Kristina has worked several years with residents in District 10 by focusing on issues such as drainage and flooding problems. Also reporting road safety to the Pulaski County Road and Bridge. Kristina has helped residents improve their community by reporting the need to cleanup ditches, speaking out for the need for a three way stop sign to slow down traffic in a residential neighborhood and supporting the need for a cross walk to the community park. Whether it’s local or anywhere in this state, anytime a community needs assistance Kristina is known as a person of contact to get the job done. “I would never make a promise to my constituents knowing that I can’t keep. If I can’t get the job done myself, then I will reach out to someone I know who can help us get the job done together”. 

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   Kristina has no problem advocating for residents in the unincorporated areas. Even going back to the previous county administration, she has gone before the quorum court with residents from the Brush Island community for a speed ordinance to slow down the speed of drivers in this area. In 2008, along with the support of residents from the community, Kristina solicited donations from local business owners with ties from the Brush Island community for Welcome to Brushy 

Island community signage. The sign was installed in Rixie (Hwy 167) and end of Rixie Rd (Hwy 161 right before rail road tracks). She has also addressed quorum court members providing photos on drainage issues in the Dick Jeter community. Kristina has advocated for better living wages and spousal benefits for the Pulaski County employees specifically the Pulaski County Sheriff Deputies. In October 2018, she collaborated with residents and elected officials and held the first annual shredding and recycling event on the grounds of Shorter College. The event was free to the public and a big success. The next shredding event will be in October at a different location in District 10. Currently, Kristina has been working with residents from the McAlmont community on two historical African American cemeteries. Kristina has been working with residents on securing an organization to adopt the Hickman-New Dora Cemetery to assist with the upkeep and she has been working with McAlmont Community leader Raymond Smith on securing proper signage for the Gabriel Heights Memorial Garden cemetery (located in Marche). 

 

   Kristina has served as a local volunteer and helped local Democratic candidates, State Representatives, State Senators, local Justice of the Peace and former LRSD School Board members get elected. Kristina is affiliated with several civic and community organizations: a member with the Eastern Star P.H.A., A former member with the Junior League of Little Rock. An active member and officer with the Arkansas Democratic Black Caucus, former officer and a member with Pulaski County Democratic Women, member with Democratic Party Pulaski County Central Committee, member of North Little Rock NAACP, former Miss. UAPB Alumni where she raised over $50,000 to helped students with tuition at UAPB, a Lifetime Member with the UAPB National Alumni Association and she served two consecutive terms as a Board of Director with the UAPB National Alumni Association under the leadership of Dr. William Sonny Walker and Samuel “Big Red” Staples. “I respected Dr. Walker and Sam as leaders they are like the Godfathers of UAPB alumni association. Dr. Walker was a no-nonsense type of guy. He taught me how to properly carry out the business of an organization one thing that I learned most from him was the key to organization success was following adopted bylaws and Robert Rules of Order. I also learned knowing when to separate the person from the issue. Sam taught me that the secret to happiness is through giving back”. Kristina is an active member and former officer with the Women and Children’s First Peacekeepers, (an organization that helps victims of domestic violence in Arkansas), former member with the Little Rock Education Association (LREA) and a volunteer with Harris Elementary School. Kristina has volunteered and worked with the Concerned Advocates for Public Education (CAPE) and the Little Rock Education Association for years fighting for teachers and support staff in the LRSD. “I am a public-school graduate and very passionate about public education.” I am very interested in Early Childhood. 

 

   A native of Southwest Arkansas, Kristina parents are Arizona and Lazarus Gulley. She has six siblings. Kristina is a member of the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church located in Stephens, Arkansas and now worship with New Life Church. 

 

   Kristina is a 2002 graduate from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). She earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies, with an emphasis in Child Development. She is also a 2003 graduate from Arkansas State University at Jonesboro. She earned a Master of Science degree in Early Childhood Services. Kristina is employed as a Career Counselor with ResCare Inc.

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