More than half of all contributions to date are $25 or less
In an email to supporters today, Greg shared some numbers from the campaign’s end-of-quarter fundraising.
“In just two weeks, nearly 250 people took a minute to contribute to our campaign,” he wrote. “Fifty-five percent of all contributions were $25 or less; 74 percent were $50 or less; 90 percent were $100 or less.”
Nearly 20 percent of all contributions were $15 or less. In all, the campaign raised $18,475, all from individual donors.
The campaign will release its next fundraising report in October.
Doug Thompson: ‘A high-stakes race’
Columnist says 'the result will matter for the whole state'
Doug Thompson called the contest to succeed Senator Uvalde Lindsey “a high-stakes race” in last Saturday’s edition of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Noting recent Republican gains—the GOP now holds 26 of the Senate’s 35 seats—Thompson said it’s a test to see whether Greg can keep Senate District 4 in the Democratic column.
In an email to supporters, Greg wrote, “Mr. Thompson’s point: Stakes are high for Democrats in our race. And that’s true, but that’s not why I’m running. The stakes are high for everybody.”
Highlighting awful statistics—like the fact that 176,700 kids might go hungry tonight and that more than 300,000 Arkansans struggle to make rent each month—Greg said he’s running because he’s “tired of Arkansas being near the bottom; tired of meeting people who feel they’ve been left behind; tired of hearing from people who too often have to choose between putting food on the table, making rent, keeping the lights on, or going to see the doctor.”
“I want an Arkansas that works for everybody,” he wrote.
The election is Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
Legislature to study maternal mortality in Arkansas
Arkansas has the third-highest rate in the US
“The US has the highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world—and Arkansas has the third-highest rate in the US,” Greg wrote in a legislative update earlier today. “For every 100,000 births in our state, it’s estimated that more than 35 women die due to complications related to pregnancy or childbirth.”
At last week’s monthly meeting of the Arkansas Legislative Council, Greg received approval to study maternal mortality here in Arkansas.
Greg also wrote in today’s legislative update that doctors at UAMS and advocates elsewhere have reached out to him about working with him on the study. You can read the study proposal, officially known as ISP 2017-081, here.
‘I wanted you to hear it from me first’
Greg's running for the Arkansas Senate
In an email to supporters earlier this morning, Greg announced he’s running for Arkansas Senate District 4.
“Too many Arkansans struggle to afford housing, to put food on the table, and to afford higher education opportunities that can mean a better tomorrow for them and their children,” Greg wrote. “I’ve spent four terms in the Arkansas House fighting to improve the lives of working Arkansans. I want to take that fight to the Arkansas Senate by serving District 4.”
Senator Uvalde Lindsey currently serves the district. He announced last Friday that he won’t seek re-election in 2018. The district includes most of Fayetteville, as well as parts of the neighboring communities of Farmington, Greenland, and Prairie Grove.
Greg’s announcement comes eight years to the day that he first announced he was running for the Arkansas House.
“I was very new to politics, and I’d never imagined I’d ever run for office—but there I was,” he wrote. “Few people thought we could win that day, but after months of hard work and help from countless people to whom I’ll always be grateful (and me wearing holes in the soles of the only nice pair of shoes I owned), we did win. It’s time to wear out another pair.”