Press Release

For Immediate Release:
February 20, 2024
Little Rock, Arkansas

Michael Pakko Announces Bid for State Treasurer

Dr. Michael Pakko, prominent Arkansas economist, announced this morning that he intends to run for the office of Treasurer of State in this year’s special election. In a press release and announcements on social media, Pakko declared his intent to seek the nomination of the Libertarian Party at its upcoming state convention. Pakko is presently Chief Economist for the Arkansas Economic Development Institute at UA-Little Rock.

“For many years, I’ve been presenting my analysis of the Arkansas economy to policymakers, business and community leaders, the media, and the public. I intend to take that mission to the next level by serving as Treasurer of State.”

On his campaign website, Pakko cites “fiscal transparency” as a campaign theme. “The Treasurer of State is in a unique position to explain to the taxpayers of Arkansas where ALL of their tax dollars are going. That is why I propose making the office of Treasurer of State a portal of transparency for state government finances.”

The office of Treasurer of State is on the ballot this November due to the untimely death of Treasurer Mark Lowery in 2023. The special election this year will be to fill the remaining two years of the four-year term.

The candidates for the Democratic and Republican parties have already filed for their respective primary elections. Candidates for the Libertarian Party have until the primary election date of March 5th to file for the general election. Libertarian candidates will be nominated at a state convention this weekend, February 24-25, where Pakko will be seeking his party’s endorsement.


Contact:  Michael Pakko, Pakko for Arkansas
(501) 300-2600 | info@pakko4ar

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