Former United States Postal Service supervisor and military servicemember Lewis Kennedy of Conway has been chosen to represent the Green Party on the upcoming November ballot.
Kennedy will vie for the U.S. Congressional District 2 seat being vacated by Rep. Vic Snyder. The campaign is Kennedy’s first foray into politics, but he believes he is ready for the challenge.
"This is a democracy. Everyone is qualified to run," Kennedy said. "I know I can represent the people of this district well."
Kennedy is facing tough competition in Democratic candidate Joyce Elliott and Republican contender Tim Griffin but is not concerned about his lack of political experience.
"The fact that I can better represent the people of this district is more important than qualifications," Kennedy said.
Although this is his first time on the ballot, Kennedy hopes his experience as a government employee, as well as his military service, will help him win over voters.
Kennedy retired from the United State Postal Service as a supervisor in 2007 and spent several years as a servicemember in the National Guard, U.S. Army and Army Reserves.
A full-time Conway resident since 1987, Kennedy has been involved with the Green Party of Arkansas for more than four years. After working on several campaigns, Kennedy became an official party member two years ago.
Kennedy said environmental issues, a major factor in his candidacy, led him to the Green Party.
"I first became interested in the Green Party because of my feelings on the environment," Kennedy said. "The Green Party has a position on everything, but my issue is the environment."
If elected, Kennedy hopes to bring environmental issues to the forefront.
"The environment is important," Kennedy said. "Our health is dependent on our environment."
Kennedy would also like to see the minimum wage raised to $9 and have more enforcement of drinking and driving laws.
The Green Party of Arkansas announced its nominees for various state offices Saturday. Former state Rep. Jim Lendall of Mabelvale was selected as the party’s nominee for governor. Greenland Mayor John Gray is the party’s nominee for U.S. Senate. Congressional nominees are Ken Adler of Batesville in the 1st District, Kennedy in the 2nd District and Joshua Drake of Hot Springs for the 4th District. Attorney Rebekah Kennedy of Texarkana is the nominee for state attorney general and former Rep. Bobby Tullis was nominated for state treasurer. Mary Willis of Hot Springs was nominated for state auditor and David Orr of Jonesboro for secretary of state.
Kennedy said he ran unopposed for the party’s Congressional District 2 nomination.
Kennedy said he hopes to set up a campaign page on Facebook soon.
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