Community Leaders Mix and Mingle with Candidate for Governor

June 16, 2006 -- 12:35 PM CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- Community leaders gathered for a chance to get up close and personal with Attorney General Mike Beebe, who's also running for governor.

"For the last...almost four years, I've had the privelage of being the attorney general, and now seek the highest office our state has to offer," said Beebe.

The Huntington Building was full of ministers and local leaders who showed their support for their favorite candidate.

"It's just a pleasure to see Mike Beebe come in, knowing he's going to do the same thing he normally does," said Reverand/Doctor Charles Coleman.

Beebe said that he was pleased to attend the breakfast reception and trys hard to attend the events that he's invited to.

"People in Arkansas still expect you to be there.  They still expect you to listen," said Beebe.  "They expect you to look them in the eye and tell them what you think, so I try to do that as much as possible.  I try to get to as many communities as possible."

He did just that as he made his rounds from table to table, shook hands and mixed and mingled with the people.

Coleman said that Beebe is a very social politician.

"You have a lot of politicians that just come for your vote...just come to talk to you for a few minutes," said Coleman.  "Mike Beebe is the kind of person you can just call him on the phone, and say 'look here, I need to talk with you.'"

Beebe was able to meet, greet and make his pitch on his campaigning efforts as well.

"I want somebody that's going to talk with me, and not to me," said Coleman.

When all was said and done, everyone in the room was able to see first hand what Attorney General Mike Beebe really stands for.