Democrat Celeste Williams, 44, of Bella Vista launched a Third District Congressional challenge to incumbent U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, on Wednesday (Aug. 14). From Frisco Park in downtown Rogers, Williams rolled through a litany of issues she said will be discussed during her campaign. They include health care, pre-K, higher education, workforce development, immigration reform, tariffs and trade, and the growing budget deficit. “I got into politics because I cannot allow this to be the world that is left for our children. We must make sure Arkansans have enough money in their pockets to have a life of financial stability and opportunity. I cannot put my children to bed at night and stand back and do nothing,” Williams told a crowd of about 150 who attended the early evening kick-off rally. Williams, a nurse practitioner, was a candidate for the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2018. She lost that…
Democrat Celeste Williams, 44, of Bella Vista launched a Third District Congressional downside to incumbent U.S. Salvage. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, on Wednesday (Aug. 14).
From Frisco Park in downtown Rogers, Williams rolled by a litany of points she talked about can be discussed steady by her marketing campaign. They embody health care, pre-K, bigger schooling, workforce pattern, immigration reform, tariffs and alternate, and the rising budget deficit.
“I got into politics because I will be capable of’t allow this to be the realm that’s left for our young other folks. We ought to be obvious that Arkansans arrange to pay for in their pockets to dangle a lifetime of monetary stability and opportunity. I will be capable of’t set my formative years to bed at evening and stand abet and enact nothing,” Williams informed a crowd of about 150 who attended the early evening kick-off rally.
Williams, a nurse practitioner, was a candidate for the Arkansas Home of Representatives in 2018. She lost that stir to incumbent Speak Salvage. Austin McCollum, R-Rogers, by a 65-34% margin. She talked about there wasn’t a explicit occasion that convinced her to bounce into the stir to americaa. Womack in 2020.
“On each day foundation, I hear any individual’s narrative that I come by treasure they deserve higher. They’re working really exhausting… It’s the struggles the total time and it doesn’t ought to be that draw,” she talked about. “Of us are upset with the draw things are. I mediate that focusing on reaching out to all voters and offering clear alternate solutions to the issues that folk are fighting, at final the numbers are going to be there.”
Williams made some extent of emphasizing the rising national debt – a project that Womack has campaigned on repeatedly. He was in transient the chairman of the Home Budget Committee final yr. She great that when Womack took space of job in 2011, the national debt was $14.8 trillion, nonetheless this day it is $22.8 trillion.
“We would possibly possibly well also now not ever dangle economic justice when we now dangle a system in space the save Amazon can pay no federal earnings tax and everyday Arkansans are struggling to attract ends meet and being pressured with crushing tutorial, scientific, and our ever rising national debt,” Williams talked about. “It’s a ways morally reprehensible to saddle our formative years with low paying jobs and huge debt, while simultaneously chopping our social security system to give tax cuts for the billionaire class and wide multi-national firms; they ought to pay their supreme share.”
Other notes from Williams’ kick-off speech incorporated:
On alternate: “Our recent handbook doesn’t enact what’s easiest for our communities. The exhaust of exhausting-working farmers as political pawns in a tariff war is horrifying. They’ve lost out on market shares that can below no circumstances be regained.”
On healthcare: “I come by we ought to give all American citizens the preference of buying health insurance by Medicare or inner most insurers, which would provide rivals for insurance firms and more alternate solutions for shoppers.”
On schooling: “It would possibly possibly well now not fee $100,000 for tuition room and board to safe a bachelor’s stage on the University of Arkansas. The accepted wage suppose steady by the last two a protracted time has risen 14% yet school schooling prices in that similar interval dangle risen 311%. Now now not everyone appears to be like going to excessive school, all work has ticket and we ought to be obvious that there is a course in direction of neutral paying jobs by workforce coaching.”
On immigration: “Human migration is as faded as humanity. Recognizing that the circulate of other folks is on the total in response to a disaster or need, it is incumbent on nations to defend immigration policies that are compassionate, responsive, and atmosphere wonderful. I wait for grace stuffed conversations about immigration. At a minimum we need comprehensive immigration reform, a pathway for citizenship for DACA recipients, more judges to tackle asylum cases, and present good sanitary conditions for asylum seekers.”
Womack, the outmoded mayor of Rogers, fleet tied Williams to the liberal flee of the Democratic Birthday party and Home Democratic management.
“The muse of our authorities is the flexibility to steal amongst candidates and their tips every two years. I’m anxious to dangle that conversation. I’m assured that Third District Arkansans will reject the socialist ideals of the Democrat Birthday party. I’m assured that they don’t wish to give Nancy Pelosi every other marvelous vote,” Womack informed Talk Substitute & Politics. “Those I signify steal smaller authorities, decrease taxes, the guideline of law, a come by economy, and provides a boost to for our militia and veterans. I am ready to protect my work on these serious points.”
Womack was first elected to Congress in 2010. He was most recently re-elected by a 65-33% margin in 2018 when he defeated Democrat Josh Mahony of Fayetteville. Mahony is working for the U.S. Senate in opposition to incumbent GOP Sen. Tom Cotton.