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An open line, plus an endorsement

Posted By on Sun, May 20, 2018 at 5:03 PM

Here is the open line. Also news of an endorsement in the race for Democratic nomination for 2nd District Congress from three of the Little Rock Nine.

LITTLE ROCK — The Clarke Tucker for Congress campaign announced today the endorsement of three pioneers in the Civil Rights Movement, Carlotta Walls LaNier, Ernest Green, and Elizabeth Eckford — all three members of the historic Little Rock Nine. Citing Tucker’s personal story and his public record fighting for all Arkansans, the three civil rights leaders said Tucker would be the best fit for the job as the next U.S. Congressman for Arkansas’s 2nd Congressional District.

“I have known and watched Clarke Tucker for years, and he is someone who I know would make a great congressman for the people of Central Arkansas,” Ernest Green said. “He is a hard-worker, a natural leader, and most importantly, his heart and actions are in the right place.”

“Clarke Tucker is someone who has quickly made a name for himself by caring about the issues and the people around him and then working hard to better their lives,” Carlotta Walls LaNier said. “I am proud to support him in his bid to represent the people of Central Arkansas.”

“I have known Clarke since he was a teenager,” said Elizabeth Eckford. “I know him to be devoted, smart, and caring, and now he has a real opportunity to take that same attitude to Washington. I am just so glad he is running.”

“Growing up in Little Rock and going to Central High School, I have looked up to Elizabeth Eckford, Ernest Green, and Carlotta Walls LaNier my entire life,” Tucker said. “Understanding what they sacrificed and achieved for our city and state, for the nation, and even for the entire world, and to know they support me now, it's overwhelming and motivating. I will attempt to follow their examples of courage, leadership, and sacrifice for the greater good as I run this race and as I live my life each day.”

FYI: Only Eckford is a local resident. Gwen Combs and Paul Spencer and Jonathan Dunkley also are seeking the nomination to oppose Republican Rep. French Hill.

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