Pat Hays, Election Commissioner, Chair
Commissioner Hays began serving on the Commission on January 10, 2015. On February 2, 2015, she was elected Commission Chair. Pat is a Missouri native, but she has lived in Little Rock since 1982. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri. She has a Bachelor’s degree in education and mass communication. In December 1989, she graduated with honors from the William Bowen School of Law at UALR. She has been licensed to practice law since 1990. Pat has worked as an attorney at Rose Law Firm, at the City of Little Rock City Attorney’s Office, and she has been in house counsel at Southwestern Bell Telephone Company and at Vestcom International, Inc. In 2001, Governor Mike Huckabee appointed Pat to an interim judgeship as Pulaski County Municipal Judge. Gov. Huckabee also appointed Pat twice to serve as Special Associate Justice to the Arkansas Supreme Court. Pat served as General Counsel to the Arkansas Republican Party from 2003-2007. In 2004, she co-chaired Lawyers for Bush in Arkansas. She is also a former member of the Little Rock Civil Service Commission. In 2014, Pat ran unsuccessfully for state representative in District 32. Pat is married to Joe Hays, managing partner of Diamond State Ventures. They have two sons who are teenagers. They are members of Fellowship Bible Church.
Joshua A. Price, Commissioner
Commissioner Price began serving on the Commission on February 11, 2019. Joshua was born and raised in Southwest Arkansas before moving to Maumelle in 1991. Joshua’s mother is a registered nurse from the Philippines, and his father is a native of Pike County. Joshua has a B.S. in sociology from the University of Central Arkansas with a minor in public administration. Joshua is the Owner/CEO of Hybrid Strategies, a boutique public relations firm, and is the Director of Marketing of LumoXchange, a FinTech startup company based in the Little Rock Technology Park.
For over 10 years, Joshua has worked with nonprofit organizations focused on mentorship, access to mental health treatment, historic preservation, and the arts. He currently serves on the boards of Youth Home, Inc., Opera in the Rock, the Arkansas State House Society, the Quapaw Quarter Association, and the University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College Foundation.
In 2016, Joshua was elected as one of 37 Arkansas Delegates to the Democratic National Convention and served as a special correspondent for the New York Times on election night. He also spoke at a White House Rural Council Forum on issues affecting minorities in the South held by former USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. In 2017, Joshua co-founded the Asian American Pacific Islander Democratic Caucus of Arkansas and serves as its first president.
Joshua is a graduate of the inaugural 2017 Maumelle Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Development Program. In 2018, Joshua was appointed by Maumelle Mayor Mike Watson to his Elected Officials Salary Committee. In 2018, Joshua also ran for state representative in District 39. Joshua formerly served as the Digital Communications Manager and Special Research and Policy Advisor for the Delta Regional Authority, a bipartisan, federal economic development agency covering an eight-state region along the Mississippi River.
Joshua lives in Maumelle, Arkansas and attends New Life Church of Greater Little Rock.
Evelyn D. Gomez, Commissioner
Commissioner Gomez was elected to serve on the commission in 2019. Evelyn has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Loyola University New Orleans and a J.D. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. She has been licensed to practice law in Arkansas since 2014. Evelyn has worked in the legal division of the Secretary of State’s Office and has worked as an Assistant Attorney General at the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office. Evelyn is currently a Revocation Hearing Judge with the Arkansas Parole Board.
Evelyn was raised in Southern Arizona, however she can trace her family roots to the Natural State and is proud of her Arkansas heritage. Evelyn is married to Joshua Gomez, they live in Little Rock and have a daughter.