Let me be clear: guns have no place on any of our school campuses including the U of A, except for police and trained security personnel. Laws that allow college students to carry guns on campus but don't allow them to safely store them are in opposition to common sense Arkansas values. I am not an NRA member, and I do not accept any campaign contributions from the NRA. It's way past time for Arkansas to have common sense gun safety legislation, such as universal background checks, which most voters support.
As your State Representative, I will fight hard to protect public education. All our residents need fair access to quality pre-k, public schools, and public colleges.
I was blessed with a strong network of mentors and family that offered me excellent educational opportunities. I got a great public education at a small school with committed teachers who always offered me a vision of hope and the knowledge that if you stepped up, you could make a change. I went on to attend the University of Arkansas on scholarships, so I see the importance of providing all our state residents with educational opportunities, including Dreamers.
I also have a big concern about opportunities for high school students who are not college bound. We have to expand technical education so that these young adults, once they graduate from high school, will still be prepared to go into the workplace. We have an industrial base and an agricultural base across the State of Arkansas, and with good technical education in our high schools, these students will able to go into the workforce and thrive in those positions.