Democratic candidate announces for House District 93

by The City Wire staff ( 2 views 

Another candidate is entering the race for House District 93, which covers sections of Bentonville and Centerton in Benton County.

Democrat Leah Williams, who serves on the Bentonville City Council, announced on her Facebook page that she would kickoff her campaign to unseat first-term Rep. Jim Dotson, R-Bentonville, at an event in Centerton on Feb. 28.

Williams, who has previously worked as a legal and compliance associate for Wal-Mart's home office in Bentonville, has made taxes, jobs and education the centerpiece of her campaign.

On her website, Williams said she "knows that in order to remain current and competitive, taxes must be kept reasonable and as low as possible for individuals and businesses alike. All Arkansans deserve to achieve economic prosperity."

Her positions on jobs and education are more vague, stating that she "supports welcoming businesses to Arkansas in order to foster job creation throughout the state, but particularly in Bentonville." She goes on to explain that "strong schools are the key to an educated and well trained workforce — something that will attract and keep jobs in our corner of Arkansas."

An alum of the University of Memphis, Williams is no stranger to politics, previously serving as a legislative aide to Democratic Rep. John DeBerry, who represents a portion of Memphis in the Tennessee General Assembly.

Williams is the only announced Democratic candidate in the District 93 race. Dotson is facing another member of Bentonville's City Council, Alderman Bill Burckart, in the Republican primary on May 20.

An attempt to reach Dotson for comment was unsuccessful.