BY MELANIE WADE –
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge held her first ‘Round Table’ meeting of 2018 in Mena last week at Mena Regional Health System. Rutledge’s Round Table program is beginning its fourth year in which Rutledge will visit all 75 counties to hear directly from Arkansans about concerns and issues impacting their county. Since beginning the program, more than 230 ‘Round Tables’ have been held across the state with more than 2,200 participants attending. Rutledge says that starting a conversation with various business, education, agriculture, faith-based and community leaders in each county gives her a better understanding of what she can do as Attorney General to best serve and assist Arkansans.
“We had a great group in Mena. I am a big believer in face to face conversations, talking about what’s going on in an area, and things I need to be aware of,” said Rutledge, who visits with medical facility directors, Farm Bureau agents, mayors, law enforcement, school officials, and others during her discussions.
She recognized the need for such ‘Round Table’ discussions when she first came into office in 2015, as it is challenging for some to travel to her. “It is too difficult for people to get to Little Rock and that’s why I travel to have those face to face conversations with them.”
While in Mena, Rutledge fielded questions about several topics including medical marijuana, the opioid epidemic, scam calls, and con artist schemes. She also said she looks forward to her next visit to the area.
“At MRHS, we were honored to host Leslie Rutledge for a “Rutledge Roundtable.” Polk County was well represented and those in attendance were given a valuable opportunity to share their ideas and concerns regarding issues that affect our community at the state and local level. We would also like to thank our local representatives, law enforcement, business leaders, and concerned citizens for their commitment to the betterment our community,” said Sonya Maye, Marketing/Public Relations Director, MRHS.
Rutledge also emphasized the vast amount of resources found on their website, www.arkansasag.gov. “I want people to use us as their resource,” she said. On the website, such topics as domestic violence, identity theft, internet safety, military/veterans initiative, and prescription drug abuse. You can also find dates for future mobile offices, where Rutledge’s staff visits communities to answer questions and assist those who are unable to make the trip to Little Rock.
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