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Democrat again targets Jim Sorvillo in west Little Rock House seat


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At least one Democrat will try again to unseat Republican Rep. Jim Sorvillo in a west Little Rock legislative district that has been a battleground.

Jess Mallett, the managing partner of the Peter Miller Law Firm, announced her candidacy today for District 32. Sorvillo, who has an ultra-conservative voting record, triumphed over Democrats John Adams and Susan Inman in 2014 and 2016, with about 56 percent of the vote each time. He succeeded Republican Allen Kerr, who beat back a vigorous challenge from Democrat Barbara Graves in 2012.

Said Mallett's release:

“I’m running for State Representative because Arkansas needs new leadership and fresh ideas. I want to help end our long history of being near the bottom of too many national rankings when it comes to education and quality of life,” said Mallett. “Arkansas is a wonderful state, but we lag too far behind when it comes to public education and creating good-paying jobs. It’s time for that to change.”
Mallett, a Morrilton native, was a Governor's Distinguished Scholar at the University of Arkansas and is a graduate of the UA-Little Rock law school. Her release notes her mother. Janna Virden, is a former college professor and her father, Bart Virden, is an Arkansas Court of Appeals Judge.

“Between the power of special interests and the rigid partisanship that has strangled our politics, nothing gets done in the State Legislature that improves the lives of middle-class Arkansans,” said Mallett. 

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