Chris Jones is a Democratic candidate for governor of Arkansas. He’s also a well-educated family man and man of faith. He has charisma and all the back story needed to help capture the state’s attention.
It’s about time. That’s a smart way to say what many Americans are feeling.
It’s about time to recognize and officially apologize for the nation’s original sins—slavery and genocide. And it’s about time to honor our better selves and rise up against the persistent and virulent strains of American fascism.
Before 1819, my ancestors were brought here to rural Arkansas, Ouachita County. Today, I am a 7th generation Arkansan running for Governor. This is the possibility and hope of America. #WeARone #FaithInAR pic.twitter.com/9vDyfO3tj2
— Chris Jones (@JonesForAR) June 16, 2021
Hope worked well for Barack Obama. Will it also work in Arkansas today? Max Brantley of Arkansas Times writes:
Can a good guy finish first in Arkansas? The conventional bet is no. But Chris Jones is smart enough to know what he’s getting into. For one thing, it’s hard to see an upside for Sanders in adopting the customary sneer-and-smear tactics of her former employer or the fart jokes and potty sarcasm of her father. Someday, too, she’ll have to talk about Arkansas, not Joe Biden, and illustrate she has a clue about governance.
Jones is currently the executive director of the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring entrepreneurs, creatives, supporting makers, and advancing the infrastructure for entrepreneurs in Arkansas and the entire region.