Richard Caster gained statewide attention in 2010 when he was elected to the Baxter County Quorum Court as a 19-year-old. It is likely a record for the youngest elected official in Arkansas, but no one is certain.
After winning office by a 3-1 margin, Caster served a two-year term as a justice of the peace while working at his father’s Colton’s Steak House & Grill and taking classes at the Mountain Home campus of Arkansas State University.
He went on to graduate in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in political economy from Hillsdale College in Michigan.
Now Caster oversees a staff of three as the Mountain Home branch manager for FNBC Bank of Ash Flat (Sharp County).
Banking and politics have this in common, he said: “It’s about helping people at the local level.”
Caster is chairman of the Baxter County Republican Committee and a member of the Governor’s Appointee Recommendation Committee and the Baxter County Farm Bureau Executive Committee.
He was a keynote speaker at the Republican Party of Arkansas State Convention in 2010 and an Arkansas delegate at the 2012 Republican Party National Convention.
Wisdom from his grandmother helps guide him: “Always remember to appreciate what you have, and work hard for what you get.”
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