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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Democrats light a candle in Northwest Arkansas

Posted By on Sat, Jan 14, 2012 at 7:14 AM

Rather than curse the darkness of the 3rd District, the Democratic Party is still trying to find a toehold on the edges of Yellow Dog Republican land in Northwest Arkansas.

Today, Dr. Diana Gonzales Worthen of Springdale will announce for an open Senate seat. She brings a Latino background into a district with one of the state's largest Latino populations, though by no means a majority of voters.

Sen. Bill Pritchard and Rep. Jon Woods are contending for the seat on the Republican side. It has been redrawn from its current configuration.

Dr. Diana Gonzales Worthen, an educator and small business owner from Springdale, will declare for State Senate on Saturday, January 14 in the atrium of the Center for Nonprofits at the JTL Shops in Springdale at 4:30pm. She will run as a Democrat in the new Senate District 7, which consists of Springdale, Elkins, Johnson, and Goshen, and some parts of Fayetteville, along with smaller communities in rural Washington County.

Diana is the project director at the University of Arkansas for “Project Teach Them All,” a grant-funded initiative that works to improve academic achievement and English language development in English as a Second Language (ESL) students in the Springdale School District. She previously worked in the Springdale and Rogers public school systems.

Diana also serves on the Board of Directors for the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, the Northwest Arkansas Council Educational Excellence Workgroup, and the Washington County Historical Society, among other national organizations. Diana is the co-founder and Vice-Chair of OneCommunity, a group that promotes communities working together to enhance the quality of life of all people through the use of best practices and outreach services that improve health, education and leadership skills.

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