Kelly Scott Unger
Candidate for ARkansas House of Representatives District 87
Hello! I am a wife and mom from Siloam Springs. I love living here and treasure this community. My passion for all that Arkansas is and can be is why I am so excited to run for state representative. I want to prioritize our public education system, create affordable access to healthcare for all Arkansans, and reform our criminal justice system to utilize taxpayer dollars efficiently while enabling all those interacting with the system to put their best foot forward.
While attending the University of Arkansas (#WPS), I studied how legislative policy impacted Arkansas agriculture. Agriculture is an important industry to our state and has a huge impact on all of us. After graduation, I went to law school because I was passionate about serving Arkansas. My passion and desire to serve my community led me to become a prosecutor for Washington County. I handled all types of criminal cases inspiring me to look deep within our criminal justice system and assess where we can improve.
An opportunity to enhance my multi-stakeholder skills, something so important for state legislation, led me to work for The Sustainability Consortium at the University of Arkansas. While at The Consortium, I worked closely with universities, corporations, government entities, and nonprofits to create more sustainable products in our marketplace. I was proud to see this work happening in my home state and proud to be a part of it. Currently, I work for Simmons Pet Food in Siloam Springs where I manage government relationships and trade affairs, both within the US and outside of the US.
I am married to John W Unger III, middle school principal, senior high basketball coach and athletic director of Decatur School District. I am so proud of his dedication to his students and his school. My two daughters are my world. My oldest, Rose, is a kindergartner at Siloam Springs Northside Elementary. Lena Joan is three and eagerly awaiting her turn for kindergarten. Education has always been important to me, but becoming a mom made me realize just how important it is that we prioritize education in Arkansas.
Hot Rod and Bullet , my fur babies, can’t go without mentioning. Hot Rod is the greatest running dog ever and has helped me train for over 15 marathons and half-marathons. Bullet, my late dad's dog, has the sweetest face you have ever seen and is a constant reminder to enjoy life.
You can find me and my family, except for maybe the dogs, on Sunday mornings at Grace Episcopal in Siloam Springs. We also love being on the lake together and taking advantage of the trail systems across NW Arkansas! Random facts about myself - I am a former competitive water skier and teach body combat once a week!
Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or issues important to you and your family. I want to represent you - the voter and citizen of District 87 and would love to hear from you.
“As a mom and member of a growing part of Northwest Arkansas, I want to be a positive voice for the people of District 87 in the state legislature. I’m confident I can truly listen to people and carry their voice to Little Rock. I want to work with all members of the legislature, regardless of party, to serve District 87.” - Kelly Scott Unger