In case you missed it, Jonesboro radio man Rick Crawford, a Republican, announced last evening his official entry into the 2010 race to challenge Democratic Rep. Marion Berry. (The Arkansas Project, in one of our rare fits of usefulness, broke the news that Crawford was forming an exploratory committee in April.)
Crawford’s full announcement is at the jump.
Rick Crawford Announces Official Bid for Congress; Outlines Legislative Priorities
Rick Crawford made official his intention to seek the First Congressional seat in the United States House of Representatives today that is currently held by Marion Berry. Crawford, who is from Jonesboro, also outlined his legislative priorities for the many in attendance.
“Today marks a new day in the First District”, Crawford said. “I am a small businessman, I own an agri-business and understand the challenges farmers face, and I am a military veteran who is better qualified to represent the First District of Arkansas than the incumbent”. Crawford went on to outline his priorities for Congress; “We need to grow the economy, create jobs, and rein in federal spending.”
Crawford emphasized his conservative philosophy on the role of the federal government. “It is time we take conservative principles, Arkansas values, and tested leadership back to Washington and get our nation back on track”.
Crawford also outlined key initiatives that will benefit the lives of the everyday Arkansans:
* Cut taxes across the board for every taxpayer
* More incentives for businesses to mitigate risks and create jobs
Federal Spending & The National Debt
* Cut wasteful spending and start paying off our national debt
* Reduce the size of our government so businesses can grow again and prosperity can be realized by every American
* No government run health care
* No public option
* No government funded abortions, end of life counseling programs, or euthanasia initiatives.
* Free market principles to help bring costs down and increase access to quality care
* Create programs where farmers can mitigate risk through tax credits and tax cuts so farmers are not leveraged every year
* Allow farmers to have group insurance coverage like other businesses
“Today starts a new day in which the voices of everyday Arkansans will be heard in Washington”, Crawford said. “As your next Representative, you can be assured I will stand for your values in Congress.”
More About Rick
Upon graduation from high school, Rick enlisted in the United States Army where he served as a bomb disposal technician. He completed four years of service, advanced to the rank of Sergeant in under three years, and earned numerous medals for service in the U.S. and Southwest Asia. During his term of service, he also had the privilege of serving on numerous U.S. Secret Service security details supporting presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush among other U.S. and foreign dignitaries.
After completing his term of service in the Army, Rick attended Arkansas State University in Jonesboro graduating in 1996 with a B.A. in Agriculture Business and Economics. Since his graduation in 1996, Rick’s career has been primarily focused on agriculture in both agri-communications and general agri-business. He has been a news anchor and agri-reporter on KAIT-TV in Jonesboro, Farm Director on KFIN-FM in Jonesboro and producer/anchor of the syndicated Delta Farm Roundup TV show airing in Cape Girardeau, Missouri; Jonesboro, Arkansas; and Greenville, Mississippi. Rick has also been a featured agri-columnist in the Northeast Arkansas Business Today publication.
He now owns and operates the AgWatch Network – a farm news network heard on 39 radio stations in Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky as well as TV stations in Little Rock and Jonesboro.
In 2006, Rick was tapped by former Republican Congressman and Undersecretary of Homeland Security Asa Hutchinson to help lead his efforts for agriculture and agriculture policy in his campaign for Arkansas Governor. Rick is a broadcast council member of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting. Rick is also a member of the 4-H Foundation Board of Arkansas. Rick currently serves as first vice-chairman of the Craighead County GOP Committee. Rick and his wife Stacy – also an ASU Alumnus – live in Jonesboro. They have two children – four-year-old Will and 22-month-old Delaney.