Diana Gonzales Worthen, a university administrator and Democratic candidate for state Senate who lives in Springdale, faces a tough challenge in a district that has been solidly Republican for years. She opposes Republican Rep. Jon Woods. Her Hispanic roots are a small plus in a district with a large Latino population, but the number of Latino voters is probably disproportionately small compared with the population.
Nonethless, she plays to her strength today on a hot button issue on which Jon Woods has been a typical extremist Republican — immigration. Woods has demagogued the issue for at least five years, calling for investigations, opposing the DREAM Act and otherwise playing straight to the Republican base.
Gonzales Worthen applauds the U.S. Supreme Court decision affirming that border patrol is a federal, not state prerogative. This is smart, moderate and constitutional, as a Supreme Court majority including Republican justices has ruled. She uses it directly to differentiate herself. Said Gonzales Worthen's spokeswoman Barbara Price-Davis:
“It’s embarrassing when a state legislator comes out on the wrong side of the Constitution. Diana supports the civil liberties of all families guaranteed by our Constitution. Our State Senator should be a person who cares about families, not uses them as political ammunition.”
So true. And, to date, so unproductive politically in Northwest Arkansas.
SPRINGDALE – State Senate candidate and Springdale resident Diana Gonzales Worthen applauded the Supreme Court on Monday for its decision to reverse the bulk of Arizona’s unconstitutional law targeting immigrants.
“Not only did the Supreme Court reinforce that immigration policy rests with the federal government, but it also showed compassion and justice for families who are trying to reach the American Dream,” Gonzales Worthen said.
Gonzales Worthen is the Democratic candidate for State Senate in District 7, which consists of Springdale, Elkins, Johnson, Goshen, and parts of eastern Fayetteville and Washington County.
She continued, “We need to confront immigration as a nation, and seek comprehensive reform that finds a just solution for the millions of undocumented families residing in the U.S. as well as protects our borders.”
Gonzales Worthen’s opponent, State Representative Jon Woods, came out in support of the illegal laws, telling a crowd in March that he would “make them a reality” in Arkansas.
“It is telling how out of touch a professional politician like Jon Woods is when he thinks we should have to show our birth certificates if we get pulled over by a police officer,” Diana for Senate spokesperson Barbara Price-Davis said.
Price-Davis reiterated Diana’s support for the Supreme Court decision, and said, “It’s embarrassing when a state legislator comes out on the wrong side of the Constitution. Diana supports the civil liberties of all families guaranteed by our Constitution. Our State Senator should be a person who cares about families, not uses them as political ammunition.”
Gonzales Worthen said she would seek solutions in the state legislature to assist law enforcement and make our communities safer.
“I want to be a Senator who communicates with all sides to invite all voices and opinions to the table. Good policy involves respectful dialogue and compromise to reach pragmatic solutions to the complicated issues facing our state,” she said.