Tuesday, October 27, 2015

A House race develops in Springdale

Posted By on Tue, Oct 27, 2015 at 11:27 AM

Interesting House race developing in Springdale.

click to enlarge IRVIN CAMACHO
  • IRVIN CAMACHO
Irvin Camacho, a Springdale High grad who's been an activist in the movement to get scholarship assistance for immigrant children on a par with others they attended Arkansas high schools with, is running for House District 89 as a Democrat.

In addition to work for the Arkansas Natural DREAMers, Camacho led a Peace Walk after a series of shootings in the city and other community organizing. He works in customer service for a bank mortgage company. From his release:

“I’ve spent my life speaking up for positive change in my city. I can take that advocacy to the next level as a policy maker and amplify the voices of the people in this district who aren’t being heard. For too long, this position has been held by legislators who don’t represent the working families of Springdale, and I’m going to change that. If you see me in your neighborhood over the next year, don’t be surprised. I’m excited to run this race and hear the priorities and concerns of the voters of district 89.”

click to enlarge CHARLES GAINES
  • CHARLES GAINES
On the Republican side to succeed Republican Rep. Micah Neal, who's running for county judge, is Charles Gaines, who works at the University of Arkansas and is a member of the Springdale Planning Commission. He says:

“If elected, I will serve, listen and work diligently for all constituents of district 89,” Gaines says. “Building collaborative relationships, sharing conservative principles and encouraging our district to be better today than we were yesterday are values that are very important to me. I support a smaller, more competent government and smart legislation to help our businesses thrive.”

It will be interesting to see if Gaines, in addition to sharing Republican economic principles (cut taxes on the rich, restrict spending on the poor) also goes down the line on social policy, such as legislation preserving legal discrimination against gay people. As a development officer at UA, which has inclusive personnel policies, maybe not. He moved to Arkansas in 2012 and has worked for a variety of Republicans in Texas and Arkansas.

At least a third of Springdale has Latino roots.

UPDATE: I overlooked a previously announced Republican candidate for this same House seat, Jeff Williams. He's a former county assessor.

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