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Democrat Dana Bonham announces candidacy for state representative to challenge Rep. Mary Bentley

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BONHAM: "We need honest leaders," says challenger to Rep. Mary Bentley.
  • BONHAM: "We need honest leaders," says challenger to Rep. Mary Bentley.
Dana Bonham has announced his Democratic candidacy for state representative, vying to unseat incumbent Republican Rep. Mary Bentley for the District 73 seat, which includes parts of Pope, Perry, Yell, and Conway counties.

Bonham, an investor who previously worked as a director of information technology with FedEx, lives in rural Perry County near the community of Thornburg. “We need honest leaders who will stand up for working families and work across party lines to get things done for Arkansans,” he said in a press release.

More from his press release:
His main priorities include, creating good paying jobs, making healthcare affordable, reducing taxes, protecting Social Security and Medicare and protecting the funding for our public schools.
And here's his campaign website, which is quite detailed on his platform. Here's a sample, his positions on education:
* Overturn the recently passed legislation allowing tax exempt savings to be used for private schools K through 12. This bill negatively impacts the tax base for public school funding.

* Stop funding privately operated charter schools with Arkansan's tax dollars.

* Increase investment in Early Childhood Education and provide adequate funding for classroom supplies.

* Ensure teachers pay is equitable and that their retirement is secure.

* Reform the student loan program.

Bonham stated that the various reports of corruption and ethical lapses coming out of the legislature helped inspire his decision to run. From his campaign website:
The lack of integrity shown by some of our legislators is shocking. Instead of looking out for the best interest of all the people, they focus on their personal, business and career interests. We need government reform and honest leadership.
Speaking of ethical lapses, Bentley — when she's not fighting to create bureaucratic hurdles for poor people and having hissy fits about sex education on college campuses — has made news for making a veiled threat about Game and Fish Commission funding to a wildlife officer who was telling her husband Ted (now estranged) about violations of rules on baiting wildlife and ATV use in the Ouachita National Forest. According to a Game and Fish officer's report, Bentley told them "...we (officer Davis and I) need to be real careful, that times were tough and money was tight and that they (House) are looking for places to get money for funding and the Game and Fish Commission would be a good place to look." If a legislator tries to throw her weight around in that fashion, it would be a violation of the law.

Bonham's press release below (I also recommend visiting his website to see very cute pictures of his dog):

Dana Bonham officially kicked off his campaign Saturday for state representative District 73 serving parts of Pope, Perry, Yell, and Conway counties, which include the cities of Atkins, Danville, Dardanelle and Ola.

“We need honest leaders who will stand up for working families and work across party lines to get things done for Arkansans,” said Bonham. He went on to say that the numerous reports of bribery, threats, and fraud among Arkansas legislators’ in the past few years, helped solidify his decision to take a stand for more honest leadership.

Bonham, an Arkansas native, spent his youth working on the family farm with his parents and siblings while attending public schools. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Bonham is an investor and previously spent many years as director of information technology with FedEx. He believes strongly in giving back to the community and has also served as chairman and on the board of directors for charitable organizations.

Bonham’s campaign is focused on the need for new leaders with fresh ideas and bringing honest leadership back into our state government. His main priorities include, creating good paying jobs, making healthcare affordable, reducing taxes, protecting Social Security and Medicare and protecting the funding for our public schools.

His life experiences include areas of importance to the future of Arkansas such as agriculture, technology, and industry. He has lead successful teams of managers, consultants, and programmers, and travelled to meet with company leaders around the world. Bonham understands the critical impact of trade regulations and the importance of technological advancements affecting Arkansas’s agricultural economy and manufacturing industries.

Bonham lives in rural Perry County near the community of Thornburg. For more details about the candidate and the issues, please visit the official campaign website, www.danabonham.com




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