by Max Brantley
There is thoughtful opposition, such as from veteran newsman Roy Ockert, who writes a column for the Jonesboro Sun. I"ve made it clear before that, even though we do endorsements here, I'm acutely aware of the limited influence they carry. I do think, though, that a respected voice in a local community on an intensely local race can have an impact. I certainly hope that's the case with Ockert's piece. He writes:
State representative, District 58 — Harold Copenhaver. He’ll be a strong voice for Jonesboro and Northeast Arkansas, which is needed. The incumbent, Jon Hubbard, has embarrassed us while pushing his own weird ideas instead of representing his district.
I note that Ockert also endorsed Democratic Prosecutor Scott Ellington over Rep. Rick Crawford, the Republican incjmbent, for the 1st District congressional seat. He noted that Crawford refused to participate in a statewide debate with Ellington, whom Ockert said had done a good job as prosecutor.