Former AR Democratic Candidate for Governor Endorses Hutchinson

Little Rock -- Former Democratic candidate for Governor, Dr. Lynette Bryant is endorsing Republican Asa Hutchinson for Governor.

Dr. Bryant issued the following statement:

“I ran for governor because I believe in the people’s ability to determine their own representatives and leaders. I have done my homework, and based on quality standards, like those used by the Holden Leadership Center, I believe that Asa Hutchinson is a proven leader. Asa has shown commitment, consistency, and determination. These are qualities that are needed when faced with the pressures of being governor. We need someone to lead Arkansas through this time in which global competition is a reality. I believe that leader is Asa Hutchinson.

Furthermore, I believe that Asa will honor our state’s commitment to education and that his plans for computer science education and workforce skills training will strengthen Arkansas’s education system. Education is our national defense.

When Asa reached out to me, I saw that he is willing to take a bipartisan approach to working for a better Arkansas. I am proud to endorse Asa Hutchinson for governor of Arkansas. I encourage all of my supporters to vote for Asa in November.”

Asa Hutchinson issued the following statement:

“I am pleased to receive the endorsement of Dr. Lynette Bryant. She is a tireless worker and a passionate supporter of causes that are important to all Arkansans. Though we might not agree on every issue, she is an example of bipartisanship at its finest. Reaching across philosophical differences to come together to build a bright future for Arkansas makes me proud to be an Arkansan.”

The Mike Ross campaign for Governor reacted to the Bryant endorsement of Hutchinson.

“Throughout the primary, Dr. Bryant attacked Mike Ross’ plan to increase access to pre-k, and she attacked Mike Ross for defending Head Start. So, she’s in good company with Congressman Hutchinson who has called increasing access to pre-k ‘irresponsible’ and ‘the wrong direction’ for Arkansas and who voted to cut Head Start funding when he was in Congress. Mike Ross is proud to be endorsed by President Clinton, Governor Beebe, the Arkansas Education Association, 56 of the state’s 75 county judges and 65 of the state’s 75 county sheriffs" said Brad Howard, spokesperson for Mike Ross for Governor. 

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