We’ve been pretty tight fisted when it comes to endorsements this cycle. Mostly, we’re only going in to a few key races that we’re sure we can influence or help out with in some way or where there’s a real reason for us to get in. That said, there are two great candidates that I’ve felt for a long time belonged on the list and it’s high time we added their names up there. That would be Phynaus Wilson, running in HD-37 (North Little Rock), and Warwick Sabin, running in HD-33 (Little Rock).
First up, we have Phynaus Wilson, the dynamic young candidate running for the House seat currently held by Tracey Steele. This is a seat that can and should elect a bold progressive that will look after the needs of its constituents. Phynaus is the right guy for the job. A Vic Snyder protege (he worked in Snyder’s office for six years), Phynaus is passionate about education and social justice issues, he was one of the first candidates to sign the ERA pledge, and he is one of the hardest working candidates out there. Check out his website, like his facebook page, and if you can, donate to his campaign.
Then there’s Warwick Sabin. The seat Warwick is running for is near and dear to my heart as it’s held by Kathy Webb, one of the best Democrats we have in the legislature. Warwick will continue to do as Kathy has done and stand up for protecting the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the places where we hike, camp, hunt, and fish. He’ll also be an advocate for public schools and job creation. To give you an idea the kind of work this guy will do, when he was President of the student body at UofA, he lead a successful campaign to get the entire University of Arkansas system to officially recognize the federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King. Check out his website, like his facebook page, and if you can, donate to his campaign.
These two candidates are rising stars in the Democratic Party and will be much needed progressive voices in the ever conservative Arkansas House. Warwick and Phynaus are the leaders of tomorrow, and if both win their Democratic primaries, neither will face any Republican opposition in the general election.