Former AR Lawmaker David Dunn Dies

Story by: Max Brantley, Arkansas Blog

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - David Dunn, a former state representative from Forrest City and lobbyist who served on Donald Trump's Commission on Election Integrity, died Monday.

Dunn was a co-founder of the government consulting firm Capitol Partners. It began at the end of 2010 after he'd served six years in the Arkansas House and as executive director of the Forrest City Chamber of Commerce. His experience included work in banking, insurance and with the Arkansas Industrial Development Commission. He worked as a legislator, and earlier with Gov. Jim Guy Tucker, on tax incentives aimed at business development.

A Democrat, Dunn had been in the news this year after he was appointed to the Commission on Election Integrity. His appointment grew from a friendship with Republican Secretary of State Mark Martin, a friend of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the leader of the commission's work. The commission has drawn criticism from those who saw it as a potential tool of Trump to push a belief in voter fraud to explain his loss to Hillary Clinton in the popular vote. The criticism was stoked by an early commission request for broad election data from every state, which Arkansas was among the first to provide.

His consulting firm partner, Melissa Moody, said a celebration of his life will be at Christ the King at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 20, with a reception to follow at 1836 Club. 

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