Bill Rahn, a gym owner and lawyer, has announced as a Democratic candidate for state House from District 39, currently held by Republican state Rep. Mark Lowery of Maumelle.
Rahn, who owns the Snap Fitness Gym and is a licensed attorney, is a former program manager for the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation and the Foundation for the Mid-South. He’s also been a director of legal services support for the Center for Arkansas Legal Services. From his release:
“I believe we can do more at the legislative level to improve the lives of all Arkansas families,” said Rahn. “We can improve our public schools and encourage economic development strategies that build a knowledge-based economy in central Arkansas. In addition, we must expand high quality pre-kindergarten programs so that our children can succeed in school and life. It takes real leadership to accomplish these goals and as State Representative I’ll help lead the charge to make our community an even better place to work and raise a family.”
Lowery won a sometimes personal challenge by 600 votes over Kelly Halstead in 2014. Rahn’s news release made no mention of the matter, but since then, Lowery has run into some embarrassment as one of those whose names turned up on data hacked from the Ashley Madison website. Lowery said he thought it was just a dating website and didn’t know it was promoted as a place to arrange extra-marital meetups. He said he was going through a divorce and messaged some people, but never met anyone through the site.