November 2, 2006 - Posted at 6:15 p.m. CST
JONESBORO, AR -- Elections are just around the corner and many folks in Region 8 are still making up their minds about who they are going to vote for.
We begin our continuing election coverage with a preview of Democrat candidate Joan Cash and Republican nominee Billie Sue Hoggard both running for the District 75 Arkansas House of Representatives....the seat vacated by Dustin McDaniel.
In a game of politics often dominated by men...it's a change of pace to see two female candidates vying for office. Regardless of who wins, it's for certain District 75 will be led from a woman's perspective. Education, health care and taxes...all hot topics for candidates in Region 8.
"Health issues are a big issue. Forty-four percent of the Arkansans do not have health insurance and that is about 15-20% of the people in the district we live in," said Cash.
"I would like the grocery tax to be eliminated because I think that would help the very poorest as well as the middle class, it would help everyone," said Hoggard, "Then I've never liked the used car tax, that's a tax I think is unfair."
Both candidates say the campaign for the District 75 seat has been positive ones.
"I teach kids, I try to make a difference in their lives every day and I want to do the same thing at the state level. I want to be able to try to make a difference in the lives of the people of Jonesboro when I go to the state capital," said Hoggard.
"I have the experience to do the job. I feel like that the things that are important to my life are my church, my family and my community," said Cash.
Billie Sue Hoggard has been a classroom teacher for 28 years and was born and raised in Craighead County. She graduated from Arkansas State University with a Bachelor's and Master's in Elementary Education. She is also a certified administrator and National Board Certified.
Joan Cash is the widow of former State Representative Claud Cash and spent 15 years as a volunteer in public schools and served as her church preschool director and vacation bible school director for 20 years. She is also a member of the Regional Chamber of Commerce and Jonesboro Rotary Club.