Mike Ross, former U.S. Congressman and current candidate for governor, stopped in Conway Wednesday morning to tell citizens why he is running for office.
Education is a top priority for Ross, he said, and keeping students in the state while giving them good opportunities is important for the future of individuals and industry in Arkansas.
“I think, as a state, we should have a duty and an obligation and I think it says a lot about us, as a state and a people how we value all of God’s children and give them all a helping hand and a head start in getting a good education,” he said.
Education and economic development will be the two main focuses of Ross’ campaign, and the two work hand in hand to cultivate and keep skilled workers in Arkansas.
“My goal, and what I’m trying to accomplish in this campaign, is pretty simple,” he said. “If we want to attract good paying jobs in the future, we’ve got to have a well-trained, well-educated workforce. It all starts with education.”
Ross is on a state tour visiting 34 cities in eight days to launch his campaign. He started his campaign tour in his hometown of Prescott where he said he stood in front of the successful Firestone building, juxtaposed by the empty industrial park next to it.
“Like so many industrial parks in towns large and small all over this state, with too much ‘park’ and not enough ‘industry,’” he said. “We’ve got to make investments. We’ve got to encourage investments in our industrial parks.”
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