Candidate for Governor Alleges Mistreatment from Own Party

Little Rock -- (KARK) A Democratic candidate for governor says she's being pushed to the side by her party.

Lynette "Doc" Bryant says she's not being allowed to speak at Democratic party functions, including this week's upcoming Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Saline County. Bryant jumped into the governor's race late to challenge Mike Ross, but says the party has basically ignored her, and she's working to change that.

"They're using Democratic money to push other candidates at the same time, and my competitor," Bryant said, "Plus they're sending out email blasts [saying] 'we have great candidates', but they do not put my name on it."

Bryant says she has reached out to the Arkansas NAACP for help in the matter.

Bucky Ellis, Chair of Saline County Democratic Committee, released this statement regarding Bryant's allegations:

"Dr. Bryant is welcome to attend the Saline County JJ Dinner and in fact she has tickets to attend and we look forward to seeing her there. Traditionally, the dinner has one keynote speaker that is booked months in advance. Last year’s keynote speaker was former Lt. Governor Bill Halter, who at the time was a candidate in the gubernatorial primary with Mike Ross. We would welcome the opportunity to hear Dr. Bryant speak at a future meeting with the Saline County Democratic Committee."

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