by Max Brantley
Here's the congressional campaign announcement from Princella Smith of Wynne, the black Republican protege of Newt Gingrich who'd like to succeed Marion Berry as the Delta's rep in Washington.
WYNNE, AR – Princella Smith is taking her first steps toward a run for U.S. Congress today, announcing the formation of an exploratory committee.
“I am considering a run for Congress because I love Arkansas and because I want the first district to elect the representation that it needs,” said Smith. “Northeast Arkansas deserves a prosperous economy, an effective health care system and a strong educational system to ensure that its citizens have a great place to live, work, and raise a family. It is time for Arkansas’ first district to elect a fighter in Congress.”
Raised in Wynne by her father John Smith, a former school board president and the minister at Christian Fellowship Church and her mother Sandra Smith, the vice principal at Wynne High School, Princella will work to bring real solutions and new leadership to Arkansas. She will take her exploratory committee to every corner of northeast Arkansas listening to citizens, gathering support and raising money.
The granddaughter of a farmer and a former Wynne Yellow Jacket basketball player, Princella has worked with Newt Gingrich, former Arkansas Lt. Governor Win Rockefeller, former Arkansas Governor and Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, RNC Chairman Michael Steele’s U.S. Senate campaign and U.S. Congressman John Boozman. A national political advocate and activist, Princella was a featured speaker at the 2004 Republican National Convention. Now, she is considering engaging in the most powerful act of citizenry other than voting: exploring a run for U.S. Congress in Arkansas.
Princella is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University where she earned her B.A. in Political Science with a Minor in Communications and History. She is also a graduate of the Buckley School of Public Speaking.
Princella’s Exploratory Committee is led by longtime business, education and community leaders from Arkansas’ First Congressional District:
Darlene Andrews, 49, of Wynne – owner of Andrews Bookkeeping
Gerald Caster, 70, of Mountain Home - owner of Caster Tax Insurance and Colton’s Steak House
Madelyn Keith, 48, of West Memphis - CEO of East Arkansas Youth Services, Inc. & Member of the Clarkdale City Council
Tim Sisk, 50, of Batesville – Assistant Principal at Southside Middle School and former
Todd Sisk, 52, of Wynne – Chairman, Cross County Farm Service Agency Committee
For more information, log on to www.PrincellaSmith.com.