Education, jobs are important to growth of state, says Sanders – Arkansas Online

by | Nov 6, 2022 | Education

Sarah Huckabee Sanders has never held public office, but the Arkansas native did spend two years working as President Donald Trump’s press secretary.She earned the Republican nomination for governor, a position her father Mike held from 1996 to 2007, and is running against Democrat Chris Jones and Libertarian Ricky Dale Harrington Jr. in the Nov. 8 general election.Like her opponents, Sanders has a connection to Pine Bluff. She grew up in the city until the age of 5, as her father transitioned from pastoring Immanuel Baptist Church in Pine Bluff to leading Beech Street First Baptist Church in Texarkana.A graduate of Ouachita Baptist University, Sanders has made education a campaign platform, often referring to it when asked how she would solve specific problems.All candidates were invited to meet face-to-face with a Commercial reporter to answer questions ahead of Election Day or, in lieu of an interview, fill out a questionnaire. Sanders chose the latter.The questions, which highlight issues in Pine Bluff and southeast Arkansas, and Sanders’ answers are below:Commercial: Jefferson County is a much different educational landscape than in the last 20 years. For example, kids in Altheimer and Wabbaseka now attend school 14 to 18 miles away in the Pine Bluff School District, which last year took in the former Dollarway School District. The PBSD and Dollarway districts were taken over by the state Department of Education. What is your solution for strengthening school districts, making schools more accessible to kids in r …

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