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Friday, November 10, 2017

An Arkansas wave election? We can dream, can't we?

Posted By on Fri, Nov 10, 2017 at 2:49 PM

click to enlarge SHE'S RUNNING: Celeste Williams and some of her family.
  • SHE'S RUNNING: Celeste Williams and some of her family.
The Democratic Party continues to exhibit signs of life in blood-red Arkansas, including in places viewed as Republican strongholds.

Today comes the announcement that Celeste Williams of Bella Vista, a nurse practitioner, has announced her Democratic candidacy for House District 95, currently represented by first-term Republican Rep. Austin McCollum.

Issues:

Celeste believes that children, seniors, and working families should not lose their healthcare coverage. She believes supporting teachers and affordable, quality childcare and early learning learning programs are necessary to improve education, help working families, and spur wage growth in Arkansas. She will be a compassionate, accessible, service oriented leader, always putting constituent needs first and finding time to listen and engage one on one
.The release said Celeste and her husband Kirk have lived in Northwest Arkansas for 15 years. They live on 10 acres at the edge of Bella Vista with two biological children and three foster children in Bentonville schools. They also raise chickens, peacocks, guinea, ducks, rabbits, two dogs, a cat, and a canary. Celeste is a 2002 graduate of Southern Nazarene University and a 2010 graduate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Services College of Nursing.

She plans a campaign opening event at 6 p.m. Nov. 30 in Bella Vista. Her website is here.

Political newcomer Democrats are popping up all over. That's what happened in Virginia, where even long-Republican districts got challengers. They had stunning results. Arkansas isn't Virginia politically. But you can't win without running. If times are changing, there's no better time to find out than now.

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