Jerry Rephan, the Democratic candidate, was the most informed concerning what the issues are and how he plans to attack them when he gets elected to office in Little Rock. He explained very clearly his close family ties to the community, what he feels and knows are the driving issues behind failure in our schools, and the need to get children involved in their education at the grade school level and making them participants in their communities rather than future inmates of the penal system.
Each candidate was given 6 minutes to state their case why we should vote for them. Afterwards, the audience had 4 minutes to ask questions of each. Very few questioned Cozart, me being the first to raise their hand. I asked him if he was in support of the ERA amendment. He said he did not know anything about it but would research the issue. When I got my jaw off the floor, I could not hide my chagrin and disgust with a man purporting to run for an office while knowing nothing about an amendment that has been around since 1968 trying to get ratified. Someone that ill-informed is not someone I want representing me in anything, not even as dog catcher. He would probably have to research what the job involved and what a dog was. But I digress.
Jerry was so well-informed and forceful in his stance for improving our little part of Arkansas, I felt it was no contest. I hope anyone that reads this blog gets out there and does whatever it takes to get Jerry Rephan elected. We need educated, informed and interested people that truly care for us representing us at the local levels of government.