by Max Brantley
It remains to be seen if this is an important strategic alignment or a sign that other political heavyweights aren't expected to enter the Democratic primary race for 1st District Congress to face incumbent Republican Rep. Rick Crawford.
But Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, who is from Jonesboro, has endorsed state Rep. Clark Hall of Marvell. Gary Latanich, an economics professor at Arkansas State, also has reportedly said he plans to run as a Democrat.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced his support of Clark Hall for Arkansas’s First Congressional District, today.
“Clark Hall has the experience to provide the leadership Arkansas and the country needs in Congress,” McDaniel said. “Clark Hall will make the tough choices and take action to create jobs and strengthen the economy in Eastern Arkansas and Northeastern Arkansas. He has the proven track record in private business, as a mayor and a state legislator that he can create jobs, improve the economy and address our nation’s budget with a common-sense approach to balancing it. Arkansas needs Clark Hall.”
Hall operated a soybean, rice, wheat and cotton farm for over 30 years, spent 11 years as the mayor of Marvell and the last 5 years in the Arkansas State House.
“I’ve spent my adult life creating jobs and balancing budgets, whether for our family farming business, for our community as mayor or for our state as a legislator,” Hall said. “Washington is broken. We need common-sense Arkansas values and experience there to get the job done.”
During Hall’s time in the legislature, Arkansas announced more than 27,000 new jobs, even amidst the worst economic recession since the Great Depression. The state budget was not only balanced, but Arkansas was cited by national news organizations as the model for balancing budgets in lean times. All of this was accomplished while creating the largest tax cut in state history — the grocery tax cut — saving Arkansas taxpayers $245 million per year.