by Max Brantley
The district's boundaries have been changed. The population of the district, based on recent Census data, may consist of a bare majority of people of Latino heritage. Population is not the same as voter registration, however, and I don't have a clue how those numbers shake out. But a determined effort by Democrats, with a strong Latino base to work with, will be made to snare a seat back from Republican dominance in that corner of the world. Micah Neal has filed as a Republican candidate.
Hernandez has a good resume:
Yessie Hernandez is originally from El Salvador. She moved from California to Northwest Arkansas in 1992, where she graduated from ITech College with a degree in computer programming. Yessie has 10 years of financial experience plus 3 years of collections.
Yessie has worked diligently to promote the ideals of diversity and multiculturalism in her community; she has been a member of the Northwest Arkansas Hispanic Council (NWAHC) since its beginning in 2002, and has held the office of president since 2009. NWAHC activities have included: Festivals to promote community education and awareness; youth mentoring and advocacy programs; graffiti removal to promote community awareness; translation services, such as assisting in parent-teacher conferences; teaching financial literacy; supporting afterschool programs; and aiding in efforts to combat gangs and gang violence.
Yessie’s other activities involve spending time with her dogs, hiking the local trails, and enjoying the outdoors in Northwest Arkansas. She is also involved in physical fitness and has taken up boxing.
Hernandez isn't the only Democratic filer in NWA today. Jack Norton filed in District 80 and Edwin Sugg in District 88. Naturally Blue's hope to stir a little interest among the sizeable Democratic voter segment in that region seems to be happening.