Gwendolynn Combs issues 2nd District campaign announcement | Arkansas Blog

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Gwendolynn Combs issues 2nd District campaign announcement

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ACTIVATED: Combs, with arm upraised, became politically active in 2016.
  • ACTIVATED: Combs, with arm upraised, became politically active in 2016.

As I reported Friday when she filed federal campaign paperwork, Gwendolynn Combs, 42, a Little Rock teacher, issued an announcement today of her Democratic candidacy for 2nd District Congress.

She's the second Democrat in the race, along with Paul Spencer of Scott, against incumbent Republican Rep. French Hill. She plans a rally at 5 p.m. Saturday at Bernice Garden on Main Street.

She describes herself as an "educator, veteran and non-career politician."

“I want to represent people who don’t have the power and influence of bankers, lobbyists, and career politicians. I am interested in issues that affect working-class people,” Combs says.
Issues?

Combs believes that healthcare, like all other human rights, should be based on equality and not economics. She believes in emphasizing economic development with a focus on the working-class rather than on big business. She is a union member, and comes from a family of union members. She wants to make higher education affordable for all Americans, regardless of their resources, and to strengthen education from Head Start through employability. Combs believes that we must fight climate change through a focus on renewable energy.
Combs joined the Air Force in 1996 and was a communications and navigation specialist maintaining C-130s overseas. She completed a degree in English while in the Air Force. She worked as a "stay-at-home mom and military spouse" for four years and then, in 2004, she started teaching 9th grade English in Beebe. She earned a master's in gifted education at UALR has taught in the Little Rock School District since 2008, now at Stephens Elementary.

Combs, married to Michael Combs and mother of three, became active politically in 2016. She organized the Little Rock Women's March and founded the advocacy group Be the Change Alliance. She had no political affiliation until November 2016, but received rewards from the county and state Democratic Party for her organizing efforts.

The campaign is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and a website at combsforarkansas.com

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