First District Democratic Congressional candidate Chad Causey tells the Jonesboro Kiwanis Club that he’ll angle for a seat on the House Agriculture Committee as his first choice if elected.  A transportation and infrastructure committee assignment would be his alternative.

Curt Hodges with the Jonesboro Sun reports that Causey, who faces Republican nominee Rick Crawford, discussed his first priority if he were to win the seat:

“I don’t have all of the answers, but I am ready to get down and go to work,” the candidate said. “That’s why I’m running for Congress.”

He said one of the first things he plans to do if elected will be to introduce legislation requiring a balanced budget.

The candidate also noted that he has had a hand in researching for and writing two farm bills and believes that his experience will enable him to be effective in continuing the kind of farm legislation that will be a benefit to Southern agriculture in general and Arkansas’ 1st Congressional District in particular.

“Growing the economy” and becoming energy independent are two critical needs at this time, Causey said. “There’s no reason this nation cannot become energy independent if we put our minds together to meet the challenge.”

Causey fielded a number of questions from audience members on topics ranging from Afghanistan to the BP oil spill to biofuels.  The former Rep. Marion Berry chief of staff won the Democratic primary run-off on June 8.

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Causey reported raising $416,000 in the second quarter.  He has about $90,000 cash-on-hand, according to a campaign press release.

Crawford, who handily defeated challenger Princella Smith in the GOP primary, has yet to release his fundraising totals for the second quarter, but is expected to do well.  Reports are not due until July 15.  Last month, House Republican leaders said that Crawford would be guaranteed a seat on the Agriculture committee if elected.

The Arkansas Election Line rates this race currently as "Leans Causey."


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