Tim Wooldridge, who was in a First District run-off for the Democratic Congressional nomination in 2010, is throwing his support in 2012 to incumbent Republican Congressman Rick Crawford.
On Wednesday (July 11), Crawford announced that Wooldridge will chair the Democrats for Crawford coalition for his re-election bid.
“Tim has been a great friend and supporter, and I am thrilled that he has agreed to lead our Democrats for Crawford coalition. This election is not about being Democrat or Republican. I’m proud to have supporters from both parties who are fed up with an over-reaching federal government that is trying to dominate every aspect of our lives from the way we run our farms to our healthcare decisions. Tim not only will be a great asset to our campaign as we organize for the fall election, but as a former legislative leader in Little Rock he is also a valued advisor on policy issues affecting the First Congressional District,” said Crawford.
Wooldridge, a conservative Democrat and former state legislator from Paragould, narrowly lost
the Democratic nomination in 2010 to eventual nominee Chad Causey.
“Rick Crawford has been an extraordinarily effective representative for Arkansas’ First District, and I am excited to be a part of his team. From his work fighting for our priorities in the Farm Bill to his advocacy for Arkansas on the Transportation Committee, Rick has been a strong leader for us in Washington. Rather than focus on partisanship, Rick Crawford has pushed for policies that will lead to more job creation in Arkansas, and I know that will continue to be his top priority,” said Wooldridge. “Everyday I hear from more people who are tired of partisan bickering and who simply want leaders who will move beyond partisanship and focus on finding real solutions. That’s why I am stepping up to cross partisan lines and support Rick. He is working above partisanship, and his courage deserves our support.”
Crawford is being challenged by Democrat Scott Ellington this November. Green Party nominee Jacob Holloway will also be on the November ballot in the First District.