Tomorrow is election day. Maybe you’ve already voted. Perhaps you haven’t yet. If you have yet to head to the polls, I have something I want to share with you. My brother Robert Thompson is running for the Arkansas State Senate in District 20 (which includes Greene, Clay, and Lawrence counties along with parts of Craighead and Randolph counties). If that’s your district, I hope you’ll consider giving Robert your vote.
My brother is one of the finest people I know. He is a community leader in his hometown of Paragould. He’s also held numerous leadership positions at First United Methodist Church of Paragould, where Robert, his wife Tori, and their three children are members. Whenever I call Robert on the weekends, he’s typically on the road attending community events from Pocahontas to Rector, and from Brookland to Black Rock.
Robert has worked hard for the citizens of his district and the state of Arkansas over the past few years. He’s protected basic rights and fostered job growth. That’s been recognized recently by a number of recognitions and endorsements he’s received: the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the Arkansas State Employees Association (ASEA), the Arkansas chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and the National Rifle Association (NRA).
I’ve gone door-to-door campaigning with Robert a number of times in the past few weeks. You do see signs from time to time of the polarized nature of politics today. But more than that, I’ve encountered folks in Robert’s district who care deeply about the issues and want someone to represent them who knows what he’s doing. Someone who will work hard for their interests.
Back in September I spent awhile with a man in Brookland who had just gotten off work but still wanted to chat for several minutes on his deck about some things he thought were important. One Saturday in October, I sat with a retired woman in Hoxie talking family and politics on her front porch for over 20 minutes. And just this past weekend, I spoke with a number of Paragould citizens who were eager to share their views on the issues of the day. People care, and they want someone representing them who does too. I believe Robert Thompson is that person.
So if you live in northeast Arkansas and are a voter in Senate district 20, I hope you’ll consider giving Robert your vote. We need more people like him in politics. I’m proud that he’s my brother. And I think he’ll provide the kind of leadership that the people of Arkansas will be proud of, too.
If you’d like to know a little more about Robert, here’s a video that highlights some of the things he stands for: