On the Issues

I’m running a populist campaign centered around the issues that matter, like tax cuts, safe housing, and electoral reform. I hope my candidacy can be used to spread awareness about these issues, even if I don’t win. I realize that many people won’t agree with all of my stances, which is why I’ve listed multiple below. I hope to build a coalition of Republicans, Democrats, and independents from across the political spectrum.

Tax Cuts & Fiscal Responsibility

The Quorum Court has a Republican supermajority, yet governs like a bunch of ‘tax and spend’ Liberals. (President Trump would call these people RINOs). I’m not against taxes and government spending, but you have to be fair and responsible — which they ain’t!

With Bidenflation causing prices to skyrocket, I believe we should give the People a tax cut. The sales tax disproportionately hurts the poor, because it’s not adjusted to income, which is why I hope to see it substantially lowered, if not eliminated. I also support property tax cuts to offset the cost of my proposed ‘safe housing’ ordinance.

At the same time, we have to be fiscally responsible and maintain a balanced budget by cutting unnecessary spending. That being said, I do recognize the importance of economic development.

Since data shows that higher alcohol taxes are correlated with a decrease in alcohol-related deaths, I hope to offset the general sales tax cut by raising the liquor, beer, and mixed drink taxes to reasonable levels. Hopefully, the price tag will make folks more responsible and think twice before buying another drink. As a Christian, I believe human life is more important than big alcohol’s profits.

Economic Development

20% of Clark County residents live in poverty, I could only find one house listed for rent online, and our population is declining as people flee elsewhere. Economic development is important, especially when it comes to housing and internet access. That being said, we have to be careful not to over-tax or spend irresponsibly.

It was recently announced that Hostess, whose identity was kept secret by a non-disclosure agreement signed by the EDCCC, is the recipient of 2,000,000 taxpayer dollars in return for 150 jobs at a new site in Arkadelphia. New jobs are definitely good, but I hope that in the future, the EDCCC invests in small businesses all across the county. I’ve also heard concerns about minority representation.

If elected Justice of the Peace, I hope to create new EDCCC guidelines that:

  • prevent them from signing non-disclosure agreements, since the public has a right to know where our money is going
  • require them to equally invest in all eleven JP districts (which have near-equal population), since everyone pays the 1/2-percent sales tax, not just Arkadelphia
  • require that a majority of the money goes towards small businesses, rather than large corporations
  • ensure minority-owned businesses benefit too, as nearly 32% of the county is non-white and/or Hispanic
  • prioritize veteran-owned businesses
  • encourage them to invest in crucial industries, like housing and internet access
Safe Housing
Burnt House

Arkansas is the only state in the union without minimum habitability requirements for rental properties; this means people can legally rent out unsafe houses — death-traps even!

I used to live in a house (pictured above) here in Amity with about a one-inch gap between the floor and the wall that went straight outside. That house recently burned down; thankfully no one was living there, but what if someone was? What if someone died?

If elected JP, I’ll introduce a safe housing ordinance, so no one has to choose between living in a death-trap or sleeping on the street. This will be tied to property tax cuts to offset the financial burden of compliance. It’s sad that we have to do this at the local level, but we can’t wait idly by and put people’s lives at risk.

Electoral Reform & Security

America’s two-party system is broken; rather than serving their constituents, most politicians bow down to wealthy, special interests and vote party-line, even if it contradicts the interests of their constituents.

I support implementing ranked choice voting for all county elections, so voters can rank candidates in order of preference, rather than voting for a ‘lesser evil’ who doesn’t represent their values.

How RCV works is quite simple: everyone’s vote goes to the candidate they ranked as #1. If someone gets a majority of the vote: they win! If no one gets a majority: the last-place candidate is eliminated and all the votes for them are counted as votes for whichever candidate was ranked as #2. This cycle will continue until someone gets a majority.

I’m fully committed to ensuring our elections are not only secure, but fair. I will not tolerate fraud, gerrymandering, or other political schemes intended to undermine the will of the People.

Make Clark County Pro-Life

As the only candidate for Justice of the Peace (that I know of) who attended the annual March for Life in Little Rock, I’m deeply committed to defending the lives of the unborn. If elected JP, I’ll introduce an ordinance to declare Clark County pro-life, as so many other counties in Arkansas have done.

It would be a mostly symbolic gesture, but an important one nevertheless, especially with the Supreme Court likely to re-evaluate Roe v. Wade and abortionist Democrats illegally trying to overturn pro-life laws at the federal level.

UPDATE: Roe v. Wade has been overturned by the Supreme Court! Thank the Lord and thank President Trump for appointing pro-life Justices! Although abortion is now illegal in Arkansas, I’ll stay true to my promise in order to tell SCOTUS, Congress, and Biden we want it to stay that way, and to stand in solidarity with unborn babies in states where it remains legal.

Update the County’s Website

Clark County’s website doesn’t have very much information, and most of it’s outdated. It still lists Rhonda Cole as the County Clerk, even though she was replaced by Mona Vance years ago, and the email addresses listed as contacts don’t seem to work.

The “Quorum Court” page is desolate, so I had to ask the County Clerk to figure out who my current JP is. Vance does a good job with the Facebook page, but Clark County needs to make use of our website — especially since we’re still paying for the hosting and domain name out of the taxpayers’ pockets.

In order to be more transparent, I believe the county website should be required to be up to date at all times. Every elected official, including JPs, should be issued an email address at which their constituents can contact them. Furthermore, every Quorum Court meeting, proposed ordinance, enacted ordinance, and annual financial report should be posted online for all to see.

Turnout is abysmally low — not even 18% of registered voters even showed up to decide if our sales taxes would be raised — which is why I believe every, registered voter should be informed about upcoming elections by mail, e-mail, or text.

Defend the Second Amendment

I believe the Second Amendment, which guarantees the right of the People to keep and bear arms, is the most important one, because without it: the government can take away our religious freedoms, limit free speech, and much more.

This is why Clark County should declare itself a ‘Second Amendment sanctuary’ and ban the Sheriff’s Office and county officials — who take an oath to the Constitution, mind you — from enforcing unconstitutional laws or executive orders that infringe upon gun rights.

I’m not a gun owner myself, due to the monetary cost and unconstitutional, federal laws requiring you to be 21 years old to purchase firearms — even if you’re old enough to vote, run for office, or serve in the military — but I grew up around guns, and my grandfather occasionally takes me to the gun range and allows me to shoot his.

Vaccines, Masks, & Lockdowns

I believe the decision to get vaccinated against Covid-19 or wear a mask should be left up to individuals and parents. The government should not be interfering with these freedoms, and the financial burden of vaccine “administration” upon uninsured Americans is too much to ignore.

Thus, I believe Clark County should pass an ordinance refusing to enforce federal mandates. I also believe the economic stresses of lock-downs makes them infeasible and that schools should remain open. I do recognize the importance of public safety, but it has to be weighed against personal liberty.

Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

—Benjamin Franklin