Republican Attorney General candidate Leslie Rutledge issued a statement Friday in support of Faulkner County Sheriff Andy Shock’s proposal to arm school administrators.
“Sheriff Shock’s proposal is the right step our local communities should be taking to protect Arkansas’ school children,” Rutledge said in the statement. “He’s taking the initiative at a local level by proposing a comprehensive program that will train and equip district administrators with the tools they need to respond to an armed threat.”
Rutledge said local law enforcement working with local government to solve the problem is “the right approach to Arkansas’ school safety issue.”
“A local solution tailored to each community’s unique situation is always better than a one size never fits all big government approach,” she said.
Rutledge, a former deputy prosecutor, currently practices law at The Rutledge Firm, PLLC, in Little Rock. Rutledge has also served as deputy counsel for former Gov. Mike Huckabee and also served as legal counsel for Huckabee’s presidential campaign.
North Little Rock attorney David Sterling and state Rep. Nate Steel have also announced candidacies for Arkansas Attorney General.