Women in contention for District 94 of Benton County

Jené Huffman-Gilreath, Democrat wants to replace Rebecca Petty. 


By: Carlos Chicas


Democracy has evolved a lot, and I do not mean a political party. I speak of the opportunities that we all have in this country. I’m glad to see women have enough ovaries to run for political office. A friendly reminder: An angry woman; is dislike.

It is not the case of Jene Huffman-Gilreath who came to our interview with a big smile, and with all the desire to do things right in this campaign and the fight to replace Rebecca Petty  and become the next State Representative for the District 94 of Benton County.


Huffman-Gilreath opted to enter politics after seeing the results that according to her thinking are not what she expected from the current State Representative. “I am running for House District 94 because I was not represented by the decisions being made in Little Rock that affected my life, my children’s lives, and the lives of people who had no one to stand up for them.  No one else was stepping up to run against the incumbent, and I felt a moral obligation to stand up for the rights of others.  I don’t want guns in schools.  I want teachers to be paid more.  I want an increasingly better educational system for all.  I want to know that people can start businesses with fewer barriers to entry.  I want affordable housing.  I want a universal, quality Pre-K.  I want workforce development.  That is not too much to ask.  Other states have that, we should as well.”Jené commented.

Huffman-Gilreath has the necessary education, not that having degrees guarantees you to be a good politician. A graduate of Springdale High School, with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Jené believes she is better prepared than her opponent. “Our area is full of complexity and has to have someone in Little Rock who can advocate for Northwest Arkansas.  We have to have someone who is accessible and responsible to the constituents.  I’ve lived in NWA for nearly 31 years.  I am educated.  I work full-time.  I’ve proven that I can make things happen and can help others.” Huffman-Gilreath added.

In all elections, the Latino community is a topic of discussion. But whenever there are conversations on the table about the needs of the Latino population in Arkansas, the answers to those questions are given politically correct.

Latinos in Arkansas who file their taxes using the ITIN and who have decades of living in Arkansas still do not have the opportunity to obtain a driver’s license or state ID.


High school graduates in Arkansas, who do not yet have immigration status, to be more specific, who are not legal residents in the United States have to pay extreme high tuition or out of state tuitions to enter universities. But this is something that Huffman-Gilreath is going to fight. “Anyone, Latino or any other immigrant population who comes to this country, works, pays taxes, should be allowed a government issued ID.  I honestly don’t understand why we’ve been so slow to move on this issue. If a student graduates from an Arkansas High School, they should receive instate tuition to any state institution of higher learning.  Some states have a year residency requirement.  It would certainly be something I would fight to have in Arkansas.”Huffman-Gilreath concluded.

The general elections will be on November 6, 2018. Jené Huffman-Gilreath, a Democrat will face Rebecca Petty, Republican seeking re-election.


Who is the best woman for District 94 of Benton County? That’s up to YOU!



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