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Area state reps hit the road

Wednesday, November 21, 2001

Arkansas House of Representatives Majority Leader Harmon R. Seawel (D) of Pocahontas, coordinated a bus campaign to each county of the Third Congressional District Nov. 5-6. Seawel introduced House colleague Rep. Mike Hathorn (D) of Huntsville and a Democratic congressional nominee at rallies in Fort Smith, Van Buren, Rogers, Booneville, Clarksville, Paris, Russellville, Ozark, Eureka Springs, Berryville, Harrison, Mountain Home, Jasper, Yellville, Huntsville, Waldon, Mena and Fayetteville.Seawel and other state representatives stressed Hathorn's energy, intellect, compassion and legislative experience.Representatives participating were Don House of Walnut Ridge, Boyd Hickinbotham of Salem, Jimmy (Red) Milligan of Yellville, Mary Ann Salmon of North Little Rock, Larry Prater of Cedarville, Johnnie Bolin of Crossett, Speaker of the House Shane Broadway of Bryant, Speaker-elect Herschel Cleveland of Paris, Paul Bookout of Jonesboro, Gary Biggs of Paragould, Sam Ledbetter of Little Rock, Bill Stovell of Heber Springs, Terry McMellon of Waldon, Phil Jacobs of Clarksville, Jerry Allison of Jonesboro and Steve Oglesby of Hatfield.The major theme at each rally was, "Get out the vote." Seawel repeatedly categorized the Nov. 20 special election as "the best chance in 30 years to redeem the Third District congressional seat for the Democratic party, especially with a candidate such as Mike Hathorn who epitomizes Arkansas values." Seawel also has attended all possible meetings of the Arkansas Blue Ribbon Education Commission. The commission, established by the 2001 legislative, is charged with a thorough review of Arkansas public education and expected to make recommendations for needed charges. With Judge Collins Kilgore's ruling that Arkansas' public school funding is both inequitable and inadequate, the commission's work is especially critical. The former Maynard School superintendent summarized the situation as "a challenge and an opportunity for excellence in education that Arkansans ought to embrace."