"My campaign exploratory committee has followed applicable state law, and we are encouraged by the broad based support we are receiving. We initiated this journey because our city is in desperate need of leadership to address growing economic disparities, a lack of vision for our economy and jobs, and solutions to the resulting wave of crime in our streets. Our city should be embracing those who bring new thoughts and solutions to the table instead of trying to silence them – and the voices of our community – in favor of the political status quo. Along with the citizens of Little Rock, we support full participation in our city’s political process, and I call on city leaders to simply repeal this ordinance to make it clear that they support and stand for all voices being heard in our community."As I've written, a good government group prompted the five-month fund-raising limit because of the observation that open-ended fund-raising meant special interests would drop money on city officials at times of important votes. The ordinance prohibits carryovers and requires the money be refunded to contributors or given to nonprofits. But Carpenter said state law had overridden THAT part of the city ordinance though not the five-month fund-raising limit.