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  • Sara Doan, Northeast Arkansas News

Multiple people speaking out after Craighead County Republican Committee Chairman passes away

JONESBORO, Ark- Steven farmers daughter Audrey broke the news of her father’s passing early this morning on her social media.

We are learning and hearing more about Farmer.

Executive Director of the Republican Party of Arkansas, Sarah Jo Reynolds says there will be a loss in our state now.

“Steve stepped in as county chairman in a time when the county committee really needed him,” says Reynolds. “That is a true testament to the character of Steve. Always stepping up when other people need him. He was a dedicated leader with a servant’s heart, and incredibly one of the most selfless people with a servant's heart.”

Steve Farmer was diagnosed with COVID-19 last month.

His daughter, Audrey Haynie would post updates on her Facebook page.

On September 18th, he was moved to the ICU and placed onto a ventilator.

He started to show signs of improvement but took a turn for the worse.

Yesterday Haynie posted that Steve had low signs of brain activity.

This morning he passed away. This comes after President Trump was release from Walter Reed Medical Center where he was treated for the Coronavirus.

Reynolds says now is the time to put politics aside.

“There is just so much unknown about the virus, and this is not the time to compare other people's battles with COVID,” she says. “And how it’s going to affect one person over the other. This is the time for people to mourn the loss of a great leader, a great father, and a great husband.”

Farmer is now one of over 200,000 Americans that have died due to COVID-19.

He was also a volunteer firefighter and coordinator for the Craighead County Crisis Response Team.

The Craighead County Republican Committee and State Representative Brandt Smith also honored Farmers life.

Reynolds says it will be hard to fill his shoes.

“The first vice-chair will step up until they hold elections,” Reynolds said. “So right now, there is somebody who will step up as the interim. But those shoes will never truly be filled. There will always be a hole in our hearts."

Reynolds says the thoughts and prayers of the Republican Party of Arkansas are with Steve, his family, and friends.

He leaves behind a wife, children, and grandchildren.

We will continue to update you on this story.


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