The Progressive Arkansas Women PAC
celebrated Democratic candidates on the steps of the state Capitol today at the close of filing for the 2018 elections, with Secretary of State candidate Susan Inman
asking, "If not us, who? If not now, when?"
Twenty-six Democratic women are seeking office at the statewide level, and only four of those are incumbents. The women are trying to unseat such unsavory Republican incumbents as I'm-more-Christian-than-you Sen. Jason Rapert (Maureen Skinner
of Conway), keep-’em-barefoot, pregnant-and-heterosexual Sen. Kim Hammer (Melissa Fults
of Hensley), guns-everywhere-and-at-all-times Rep. Charlie Collins (Denise Garner
of Fayetteville), Mr.-"judicial-overreach" Rep. Mark Lowery (Monica Ball
of Maumelle), tax-the-poor-not-the-rich Rep. Jim Sorvillo (Jess Mallett
Little Rock) and ... well, one could go on, but we don't have all day.
One candidate, Teresa Gallegos
, filed last year as the Democratic candidate to face the winner of a March 13 Republican special primary for Senate District 16. That election is May 22.
PAW PAC was created two years ago to recruit and train women candidates with progressive stands on health care, education, economics and women's rights. In 2016, it backed 12 candidates. It's endorsing 22 this year. The total number of women candidates was a record this year.
P.S.: Almost forgot: The PAW PAC, in noting women's entry into down-ballot races, introduced the candidate for coroner in Sebastian County. She's got a great name for the job: Leah Livengood.