Arkansas Democrat Gazette

Republican Rebecca Petty, 48, was elected in 2014 in large measure as a result of her passion for criminal justice reform inspired by personal tragedy. We appreciate that, but her representation of this Rogers district has hardly expanded beyond that focus. We'd like to see more depth in a representative because not everything boils down to criminal justice. Her challenger, 41-year-old Jené Huffman-Gilreath, perhaps has the political misfortune of a Democrat label in prime Republican territory, but she has far more potential to lead on a multitude of issues at the State Capitol, from education and increased teacher pay to infrastructure and small business development and workforce education. Voters in District 94 could benefit from broader and deeper representation, so we recommend Gilreath come Nov. 6.

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I am not usually one for political posts, but I have known Jené for a long time and I am so excited that she has chosen to run for office. She is compassionate, intelligent, thoughtful and passionate. She truly cares about serving the people of our community and would be a fantastic addition to the Arkansas Legislature. - Lynn Ragsdale Francis

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It is my great pleasure to endorse Jene Huffman-Gilreath as representative to the Arkansas State Legislature. I have known Jene for the past thirteen years and I believe her to have the common sense, centrist viewpoint that aligns with those of us who live here in Rogers. Having interacted with our public school system as a student, as a mom, and as a daughter of an exemplary teacher, she is well prepared to determine the resources crucial for our students and schools to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Her experiences managing projects and people put her in a unique position to lead the necessary investment in our state’s infrastructure. Jene’s ethics and family values are a reflection of our community’s values. She will bring a much needed sensible, moderate, and practical attitude to our legislature and I am proud to support her as my candidate for the 94th District. - Linda Farrell Odle, National Board Certified Teacher, 2012 Finalist Arkansas Teacher of the Year

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Jené Huffman-Gilreath is the right person for this job. She is committed to serving District 94 and the entire state of Arkansas. Jene will work to move Arkansas from being ranked 49th in too many areas and back to being the “Land of Opportunity.” - Linda Phillips

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