Sam Tabler of Booneville has announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for the office of Logan County Judge. Tabler is a graduate of Booneville High School and the university of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a degree in animal science.

Tabler is an animal scientist with the USDA-Agriculture Research Service at the Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center and has been employed there for the past 31 years.

During 2009 and part of 2010 he accepted a detailed assignment with USDA-Foreign Ag Service as an agriculture advisor on a Provincial Reconstruction Team in the country of Iraq, where he was embedded with the military at FOB (Forward Operating Base) Kalsu in Babil Province, Iraq.

His duties there included providing agricultural production advice to Iraqi farmers and provincial government officials, and securing various sources of funding to implement agricultural projects in central Iraq.

Tabler has been married to his wife Audrey, who is a math instructor at Booneville High School, for 24 years. They have two sons, Cody, who is a junior at the University of Arkansas majoring in animal science and Travis, who is a high school junior at the Arkansas School for Math, Sciences and the Arts in Hot Springs.

Tabler spent eight years as a member of the Booneville School Board, has been a member of the South Logan County Fair Board for 14 years and is now serving as fair board president. He is a board member of the South Logan County Farm Bureau as well as a board member of the Arkansas Forage and Grassland Council. He is also a member, deacon and former Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church in Booneville.

"I realize the financial constraints that the county is facing because of tax revenues and population growth being relatively flat at the same time that operating costs continue to rise," said Tabler. "I also understand that there are issues such as the detention center that will have to be addressed.

"I believe Logan County has had good leadership and I would welcome the opportunity to be a part of continuing to improve our county. I feel I have the ability to deal with the issues facing the county and to be able to work with the other county officials to find solutions to the problems that the county will face. I would consider it an honor to serve Logan County residents as their county judge."