Little Rock, AR - Democrat Celeste Williams officially filed today to run for U.S. Congress representing the Third District. Election Day is November 3, 2020. Arkansas’ Third Congressional District lies in the northwestern quadrant of the state and includes Benton, Boone, Carroll, Marion, Pope, and Washington counties, as well as portions of Crawford, Newton, Searcy, and Sebastian counties. Major cities in the district include Fort Smith, Fayetteville, Rogers, Bentonville, Springdale, Russellville, Harrison, and Berryville.
“I’m running for Congress because Washington is broken. If we want different results we need to send different people,” said Williams. “I refuse to participate in partisan bickering and will work on practical solutions that benefit all Arkansans. Prescription medication is too expensive, our healthcare system is not sustainable, and wages are not keeping up with the cost of living. Arkansans deserve a Representative who will fight for them every single day.”
Williams would make tackling the high cost of prescription drugs her first priority. “We should be using the buying power of federal health programs like Medicare to negotiate lower prescription drug prices for everyone,” Williams said. She also supports capping out-of-pocket prescription drug costs.
Williams says voters have expressed their disappointment with current Representative, Steve Womack, who has repeatedly cast votes that have increased the national debt in order to give large tax breaks to billionaires and multinational corporations. During Womack’s tenure the national debt has increased from $14.8 trillion to more than $22 trillion - the highest it has ever been. This wreckless tax policy threatens Social Security and Medicare and starves our nation of vital investments in infrastructure and public health.
Election officials around the country are predicting record voter turnout in 2020 and the Williams campaign is already seeing that District 3 Democrats are eager to vote. In the campaign’s surveys of Democratic voters over 90% have said they are very likely to vote next November. Increased turnout fueled by the national political climate and excitement about Williams’ message and personal story will make this a competitive race.