JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - After filing to run for U.S. Senate on Monday, former Clark County Special Deputy Prosecutor and U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge made campaign stops in Northeast Arkansas on Tuesday.
The Democratic candidate's first stop was at the Edge Coffeehouse in Jonesboro.
Eldridge grew up in Augusta. He said making a stop in Northeast Arkansas was important to him because it has shaped him into who he has become.
"I wanted to go through Northeast Arkansas and talk about a range of things from agricultural issues, economic issues, education and crime," said Eldridge. "Those are all things that really go to the heart of our communities and that this campaign is going to be focused on."
Eldridge said he knows how much the economy means to Arkansans and that is something he wants to work towards improving in the state.
"We worry about it in a real sense," Eldridge said. "That means working with community leaders in Jonesboro, Paragould, West Memphis and all the places in Northeast Arkansas to make sure we're really developing innovative ways to create good and better paying jobs in our communities."
Although Eldridge is challenging Republican Senator John Boozman he said his focus is not on what Boozman did, but what he plans to do.
"I'm focused on what I will do as a United States Senator," said Eldridge. "Anybody who's been in Washington for 14 years bears some responsibility for what's happened there and I believe and I think many Arkansans believe that it's time for a change. What we've tried over the past decade or what has happened in Washington hasn't worked and that's been under both Republican and Democratic presidents. So, it's time we do something different and that's what I'm building this campaign around."
Eldridge wrapped up Tuesday's campaign trail with stops at the Arkansas State University Jonesboro campus, Paragould, Blytheville and West Memphis.
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