A Better Region 8: Where's the presidential candidates? - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

A Better Region 8: Where's the presidential candidates?

(Source: KAIT Cre8ive) (Source: KAIT Cre8ive)

The "SEC Primary" is days away, and the presidential candidates on both sides are planning to visit Arkansas between now and Tuesday. 

Visits to Fort Smith, Bentonville, and of course Little Rock are on the list for this weekend. 

But guess which part of Arkansas has no visits scheduled? If you said Northeast Arkansas, you would be right. 

It looks like the major candidates for president left us out, and it's puzzling to me.

Region 8 has a lower unemployment rate compared to the national average. 

One drive down Red Wolf Boulevard in Jonesboro will show you that our population and businesses are growing.

Arkansas State University is opening the first medical school in this part of the state.

We supply the world with rice, soybeans, cotton and many other crops because of our hardworking farmers, and industries who support them.

We have state-of-the-art hospitals and major factories. 

Let's just say we matter. 

The fact that presidential candidates from both parties are ignoring us when many of them will be "in the neighborhood" is unacceptable.

So what can we do? We can say something. 

If you already know who you're voting for, email your favorite candidate and ask them why? 

If you are undecided, email all of them because your vote is worthy of communication.

There are ways our state and national politicians can help us, too. 

U.S. Congressman Rick Crawford and Senator John Boozman both do a fantastic job of visiting Northeast Arkansas and for that, we should thank them.

But, I call on them to do a better job within their own party convincing their presidential candidates to visit Region 8. 

The Arkansas Democratic Party is on the hook too. 

Getting the former First Lady of the state to put Northeast Arkansas on her visit list should be a given and Bernie Sanders needs to see what we’re all about. 

We have to be more vocal with our elected officials and with our candidates if we want this to change. Truth is, the Presidential candidates are the ones losing out by coming to Arkansas but not stopping in Northeast Arkansas.

Making sure they know it, and telling them that we are worth a visit, makes this A Better Region 8.

- Chris Conroy, KAIT VP & General Manager

Copyright 2016 KAIT. All rights reserved.

Region 8 News App - Install or update on your: iPhone | Android

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Three men and a puppy win $10,000

    ****COPY-STORY TEMPLATE-****COPY****-DO NOT DELETE OR EDIT****

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 4:06 PM EST2018-02-20 21:06:27 GMT
    Tuesday, February 20 2018 4:10 PM EST2018-02-20 21:10:40 GMT
    Terry, Zackery, and Trever Head won $10,000 playing a ticket they bought at Huck's in Poplar Bluff. (Source: Missouri Lottery)Terry, Zackery, and Trever Head won $10,000 playing a ticket they bought at Huck's in Poplar Bluff. (Source: Missouri Lottery)

    Three men and their dog went into a Poplar Bluff store recently and walked away $10,000 richer.

    Three men and their dog went into a Poplar Bluff store recently and walked away $10,000 richer.

  • Rifle raffle nixed at Batesville school

    Rifle raffle nixed at Batesville school

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 1:20 PM EST2018-02-20 18:20:59 GMT
    Tuesday, February 20 2018 2:29 PM EST2018-02-20 19:29:06 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    Officials have pulled the plug on a raffle for an AR-15 at a local high school.

    Officials have pulled the plug on a raffle for an AR-15 at a local high school.

  • School board member arrested for computer fraud

    School board member arrested for computer fraud

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 12:13 PM EST2018-02-20 17:13:00 GMT
    Tuesday, February 20 2018 12:37 PM EST2018-02-20 17:37:51 GMT
    Charles Russell Lane was arrested Friday in Mississippi County on an out-of-state warrant. (Source: Mississippi Co Sheriff's Office via Vinelink)Charles Russell Lane was arrested Friday in Mississippi County on an out-of-state warrant. (Source: Mississippi Co Sheriff's Office via Vinelink)

    A Mississippi County school board member faces fraud charges in Mississippi state.

    A Mississippi County school board member faces fraud charges in Mississippi state.

Powered by Frankly