BY MELANIE BUCK –
Arkansas Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Asa Hutchinson visited industrial businesses in Mena today as part of his statewide campaign trail. Hutchinson first toured Sterling Machinery before heading to MontCo., and then on to Nidec.
Hutchinson has an extensive history in government being former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, U.S. Congressman representing the Third District of Arkansas, Administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the first Undersecretary for Border & Transportation Security at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
His campaign includes ‘The ASA Plan” which will “benefit the diverse economy of Arkansas including agriculture, tourism, retail, technology, and manufacturing.”
Hutchinson spoke of the importance of industry in small towns. “We need to make sure we have a means of education where we can train people with a skill and they will have a good living with that. People in Arkansas need to make sure they can have a role for their children and grandchildren. That they can stay in the community they love. That’s the kind of Arkansas I want to have.”
Following his industrial tour, the Polk County Republican Party held a reception for Hutchinson at Papa’s Mexican Café where the public was invited to attend.
At the reception, Hutchinson spoke with The Pulse and had this to say of his visit to Mena, “What’s most impressive here is the hard working and creative spirit of the employees here. I went to a number of manufacturing facilities and these are jobs that require people to think and require people to work hard and be creative. They are producing a product and that’s our competitive advantage. It’s just exciting to see that level of high quality work coming out of Mena. I really enjoyed it and I’m excited about the opportunities here.”
To learn more about The ASA Plan visit http://www.asaforgovernor.com/.