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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

UPDATE: Nate Steel announces for attorney general

Posted By on Wed, Jul 10, 2013 at 10:36 AM



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State Rep. Nate Steel of Nashville announced as a Democratic candidate for attorney general this morning on the lawn of the courthouse in his hometown. He'll be in Little Rock later today. So far, no other Democrat has firmly indicated a candidacy. Two Republicans, David Sterling and Leslie Rutledge, are in.
UPDATE: Zac White of Heber Springs, who'd indicated some interest in a Democratic candidacy, says he endorses Steel.

ALSO: On the jump, Steel's release.

NEWS RELEASE


State Rep. Nate Steel (D-19) today announced his candidacy for Arkansas Attorney General to continue his fight for the communities, families and people of the state.
“Growing up in the small town of Nashville, I learned the values of hard work, self-reliance and right and wrong. I learned to never sit on the sidelines. If there is a problem, be part of the solution,” Steel said outside the Howard County Courthouse Wednesday morning. “I made this decision after great encouragement from friends and colleagues across the state and after much thought and prayer.
“I am running for attorney general because I believe in our state and our people — in what we can get done if state government works the way it is supposed to work. I’ll work with law enforcement to crack down on criminals. I’ll stand up to those who would prey on our children, our seniors and on Arkansas consumers. I’ve never been one to back down from a fight.”
A graduate of the University of Arkansas, Steel said he could have taken a job as a “tall-building lawyer” making more money. Instead he returned to Howard County to join the family business practicing law and to become a prosecutor. Steel chose to serve the community that had invested in him. As a prosecutor, he fought to protect victims and law-abiding citizens from those who would do them harm.
In the Arkansas House of Representatives, Nate Steel said he dedicated himself to fighting for the rule of law and to crack down on criminals while giving law enforcement and prosecutors the tools they needed to make Arkansas a safer place to live and raise a family. In the most recent legislative session, Steel worked across party lines to enact legislation to guard the privacy rights of law-abiding citizens in Arkansas. He served on the Judiciary Committee of the State House
As vice chairman of the Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development Committee, Steel said he worked to support Arkansas farmers, grow the state’s economy and create jobs. As a member of the Joint Budget Committee, he worked to keep Arkansas’s budget balanced and to keep the state’s fiscal house in order.
Nate Steel is in his third term representing District 19 in the Arkansas House of Representatives. He is a graduate of Nashville High School and earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Arkansas. Nate is a member of the First United Methodist Church of Nashville, Arkansas.
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