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Politics Democrat Chris Jones enters Arkansas governor race with dramatic, viral video

06:15  21 june  2021
06:15  21 june  2021 Source:   thehill.com

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Chris Jones joins Arkansas governor 's race that includes a handful of declared Democrats , as well as Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who served as a press secretary under former President Donald Trump. The race to replace Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who cannot run again because of term limits, is gaining another candidate — a nuclear engineer who says he's running as a Democrat to offer voters another alternative to the Trump brand of politics. Chris Jones , the former head of the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, a nonprofit organization based in North Little Rock, announced his

Chris Jones, a physicist and ordained minister, announced his candidacy for Arkansas governor last week in a launch video that has since gone viral.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Democrat Chris Jones enters Arkansas governor race with dramatic, viral video © Getty Democrat Chris Jones enters Arkansas governor race with dramatic, viral video

Jones, who is running as a Democrat and previously led the nonprofit Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, officially launched his campaign on Tuesday, entering a crowded field of candidates vying to replace sitting Gov. Asa Hutchinson's (R), who is ineligible to run for reelection due to term limits.

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He will now take on a number of Democratic candidates who have already announced their candidacies, including Anthony Bland, a teacher and the party's 2016 nominee for lieutenant governor, according to NBC News.

Two Republicans have also jumped into the race for the GOP nomination: former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who is the daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, and state Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.

Jones, in his announcement video which already has more than 3 million views, 22,500 likes and 7,000 retweets, said he is running for governor to help Arkansas take "a big leap forward."

"Arkansas is ready for a big leap forward. But we need the right leaps. The last few years have shown just how easy it is to slip back in time. So that's why I'm running for governor," Jones said.

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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson defeated Democrat Jared Henderson on Tuesday to ensure another four years in the chief executive's office for Republicans. The GOP also controls both legislative chambers. The GOP entered Tuesday's elections holding 33 governor 's offices and two-thirds of the state legislative chambers. The Massachusetts Legislature is dominated by Democrats . But Baker's election to a second, four-year term means Republicans will have a say when congressional and state legislative districts are redrawn after the 2020 Census.

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Jones specifically cited a number of areas that he said need improvement to help take Arkansas "into the future," including enhancing education opportunities "from cradle to career," improving infrastructure, such as bridges and rural broadband, and "making available every tool Arkansans need to build businesses and healthy families."


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"It's about living up to our potential. It's about living out our values. It's about working hard together. And my fellow Arkansans, It's about time," he continued.

Jones, in the video, introduced himself as a physicist and an ordained minister, and emphasized his family's strong ties to Arkansas.

He told the story of accepting a full NASA scholarship even though he was deaf in one ear, calling it a moment when his "life changed forever."

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Now, speculation that Sanders may run for governor in her home state shakes up a race that's three years away but was already expected to be a crowded and expensive fight among Republicans. Trump announced Thursday that Sanders was leaving as White House press secretary and encouraged her Her dad no longer lives in Arkansas , but Sanders could still tap into the same network of supporters who helped elevate him to the governor 's mansion and backed his unsuccessful White House bids if she runs for the state's top office, political observers say. "You've got a core group of people who

He also touched on his education at Morehouse College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he earned a total of five degrees, according to a local CBS affiliate, in addition to his time at the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub.

According to NBC News, Jones is a former assistant dean for graduate education at MIT, where he made efforts to double minority enrollment.

Democratic National Committee Chair Jamie Harrison called Jones' video "amazing," and urged his followers to watch the announcement.

Rick Wilson, a GOP strategist and co-founder of anti-Trump Republican group The Lincoln Project who calls himself an "Ad guy" on Twitter, said Jones' video was a "Hell of an intro ad!"

Sanders has made early strides in the race, raising $4.8 million in the first two months of her campaign.

She also already has Trump's endorsement, who announced his support in January, calling Sanders a "warrior" who will "always fight for the people of Arkansas."

The former president also said Sanders is willing to do "what is right, not what is politically correct."

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