Republican gubernatorial candidate Jan Morgan discussed business regulations, education, sanctuary campuses and more during a speech at the Faulkner County Republican Women’s monthly meeting on Thursday.
Morgan, who announced on New Year’s Eve she would run against Gov. Asa Hutchinson in the primary, said she and Hutchinson are “two very different people asking for your vote.”
“Primaries are good for the party,” she said. “I am a true Republican. I am a Republican Party Platform Republican.
“I am no career politician. I had no desire to [be a politician]. Politicians got us in this mess. The last thing we need is another politician.”
She said that, if elected, she plans to lighten regulations on businesses to boost the state’s economy.
“You can’t have economic growth without first having economic freedom,” she said.
Morgan said she, like President Donald Trump, is against sanctuary campuses but that Hutchinson supports them.
“He cares more about the comfort of illegal aliens in our state than he does your safety,” she told the crowd of mostly women Thursday.
Morgan said she wants to remove the Common Core curriculum from schools and that she favors school choice.
“I think you shouldn’t be limited by your zip code,” she said, adding that competition in education challenges districts to do their best. “Treat [schools] like businesses and the competition will make them up their games.”
The Log Cabin Democrat reached out to Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s office for a response and was sent the following statement via email: “The Governor is proud of his record through his first three years in office. We have 60,000 new jobs in our state’s economy, the lowest unemployment rate in recorded history, fewer state government employees that has resulted in millions of taxpayer dollars saved, expanded 2nd amendment rights, and, not to mention, successfully implemented the largest and second largest tax cuts in our state’s history. We're proud of what we've accomplished and even more excited about continuing our effective conservative policy making.”