WHY I'M RUNNING
As a speech-language pathologist, I spend my workdays helping people who have lost the ability to communicate regain their voice. I’ve sat by their sides as they worked through the frustration, anger, and at times, hopelessness. This last year and a half has given me a small glimpse into their reality as it has become abundantly clear that the voice of the American people is being ignored.
In Congress, I’ll not only be a voice for Northwest Arkansas, I’ll make sure Arkansans have a voice in Washington because I’ll listen to you. Together we can ensure our community continues to be a place we’re proud to call home—a growing, thriving community with good schools and good jobs that keep our families close.
My parents taught my brother and me the value of hard work and integrity. They showed us that doing the right thing mattered; that we should lend a helping hand to our neighbors; and that leadership is what makes teams and communities successful. My husband and I are trying to teach those same lessons to our children.
I believe these same values are the foundation of Northwest Arkansas. Unfortunately, I don't see those values in our elected leaders. So who is representing us? Our elected officials have become nothing more than career politicians— they don’t listen; they fight with each other; and they would rather point fingers and make points on TV than do their jobs. They have forgotten that they work for us.
It’s time we change that.
This campaign isn’t going to be about me; it’s going to be about you. I’m going to listen to everyone, even those who disagree with me, because I believe you have to understand people to truly represent them, and life’s challenges don’t care which party you vote for. I’m going to knock on as many doors as I can because I want to hear directly from you, and I want to learn more about what matters to you and your families, and to understand the challenges our community is facing and find ways to help.
I also want to engage young people and other voters that too often get overlooked by political campaigns. I want to encourage people who haven’t trusted the system to exercise their right to vote because they now believe their voice can be heard. I want to earn your vote, so when this election is over you know you have a representative who’s going to work for you.
Lauren Mallett-Hays is a speech-language pathologist who specializes in treating patients following traumatic brain injury, stroke, neurocognitive disorders, and head and neck cancer. For the past eight years, she’s served the Northwest Arkansas population at Washington Regional Medical Center.
Raised by a teacher and a coach, Lauren spent her youth at the ball fields or in a school building. In the summers, she and her brother Ryan worked at her family’s lawn care business, where they learned the value of hard work and long days.
A graduate of the University of Central Arkansas with a degree in Business Administration, and of the University of North Texas with a Masters degree, Lauren’s career has spanned business, education, and healthcare. As a mom to three kids, Lauren knows her most important job is making the world a better place for them and instilling in them the values she learned growing up.
After a successful run as a store manager for a fortune 500 company, where she was recognized as a top performer for her outstanding leadership, Lauren’s passion for education and desire to help others in a more impactful way drew her to teaching.
Lauren served her community as a secondary science teacher and middle school basketball, track, and soccer coach. Knowing firsthand the valuable life lessons that sports taught her as a multi-sport athlete, Lauren made it her goal to ensure her students and her athletes not only excelled in the classroom, but also at becoming upstanding citizens with a passion for leadership.
Lauren’s own desire to keep learning led her to pursue her Masters in Communication Disorders after which she began her tenure as a healthcare provider at Washington Regional Medical Center.As an advocate for her patients, Lauren dedicates her time to ensure her patients receive the appropriate care and needed referrals.
As an educator at heart, Lauren took her love for her profession back to the classroom as an adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas. In addition, she serves as a mentor and clinical instructor for graduate speech pathology students from all over Arkansas.
Lauren and her husband, Justin, are parents of three beautiful children, Hadley 10, Harper 7, and Davis 4. They live in Farmington, Arkansas.