I've been a lifelong fighter for civil rights. I believe Arkansas's cities and counties should be free to expand civil rights protections to their residents as they see fit. But that right is currently banned by Arkansas state law and is facing a court challenge at the Arkansas Supreme Court. It's important to me that we continue to broaden the protections of our state's residents and visitors.
I'm proud to have co-sponsored Fayetteville's Civil Rights Ordinance in 2015. We didn't give up after losing the first election, and we continued to fight until we won. I will go to Little Rock with the same determination to prevent the legislature from dismantling the civil rights protections we passed here at home.
Arkansas has also never ratified the Equal Rights Amendment, which guarantees equality between women and men. We are one of only 14 states that have fallen short. This needs to change.
Arkansas should guarantee fair housing, fair opportunities for education, fair opportunities for employment, and general safety to ALL its people.