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Monday, July 22, 2013

Hot Springs college teacher files papers to run for 4th District Congress

Posted By on Mon, Jul 22, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Janis Percefull, 61, who teaches history at National Park Community College in Hot Springs, called me to say she had filed papers today with the Federal Election Commission today as a Democratic candidate for 4th District Congress, a seat currently held by Rep. Tom Cotton.

She described herself as a "progressive," motivated by a desire to find solutions in a Congress where issue after issue winds up in a deadend. "I know I can win," she said. A graduate of Ouachita Baptist University, Percefull has a master's degree from UALR and limited experience in electoral politics. She ran an unsuccessful race for Garland County Quorum Court about 20 years ago, she said.

She said she was encouraged to run because of discussions about current events with students and because Cotton "doesn't represent the people."

"All he wants to do is go to war, war, war," Percefull said, "and he wants to pay for it with money that would go to people who are hungry and neglected." Rather than working on putting people to work, he wants to work on going to war, Percefull said. "He's anti-woman, anti-children, anti-people."

Percefull is the first announced candidate for the seat. Cotton has been raising money for a re-election bid, but is widely expected to run for U.S. Senate against Sen. Mark Pryor.

Percefull says her website should be operable by the end of the week. Here's her full resume. Her writing includes fiction based on Arkansas history, outlined here.

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