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Rapp’s Barren to host events for Sanders, Jones this week

Arkansas’s gubernatorial candidates are returning to Mountain Home.

Republican Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Democrat Chris Jones will be attending separate events at Rapp’s Barren Brewery this week as Mountain Home voters continue to head to the polls for early voting.

These two visits mark the second time Sanders and Jones have been campaigning to the Mountain Home area. Sanders visited in September of last year, bringing a standing-room-only crowd to Buncle’s Brick Oven and Brews.

Jones visited in February this year as a part of his “Walk a Mile in your Shoes” campaign tour, giving a speech to a group of local Democrat voters.

Sanders will be in town on Nov. 3, with Jones visiting on Nov. 5.

The Candidates

Both candidates hail from vastly different backgrounds.

Jones is the son of two pastors and has earned a degree as a nuclear engineer and a Ph.D. in urban planning. One of his career highlights is his time running the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, an organization that helps provide tools and technologies to Arkansas businesses.

Photo from Chris Jones for Governor Facebook page.

Jones has run a pragmatic campaign focused on bringing faith and hard work to Arkansas residents. He has promised to provide high-quality pre-schooling for all children and protect the voting rights of citizens within the state.

On the other hand, Sanders is the daughter of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and has been a part of Arkansas politics for most of her life. She served as the White House Press Secretary for former President Donald J. Trump.

During her time in the White House press room, Sanders earned a reputation for fending off political attacks disguised as questions by some of the more partisan members of the White House Press Corps.

She has vowed to fight the radical left. She has recently announced her Arkansas LEARNS plan focusing on literacy for children while empowering parents with more school options and a transparent curriculum.

She has also promised to strengthen the state’s parol program to keep violent criminals off the street and expand the state’s prison system.

Campaign events

Sanders will hold the first campaign event of the week. She will be holding a Meet N’ Greet event at Rapp’s Barren starting at 5:30 p.m.

Jones will arrive in town on Nov. 5 to participate in the Rural Caucus of Arkansas’s Razorbacks post-party event. The event will feature a meet and greet with Jones and his fellow Democrats – Jesse Gibson, Natalie James, Goldi Gaines, and Monte Hodges.

Mountain Home native and State Senate candidate Derek Huber will also be at the event. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. and wraps up at 7:30 p.m.

Early Voting

Early voting for the General Election is now open Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday (Oct. 26 and Nov. 5), polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 7, polls will open at 8 a.m. and close at 5 p.m.

Early Voting locations will be:

Baxter County Courthouse – 1 East 7th., Mountain Home

Baxter County Fairgrounds – 1507 Fairgrounds Drive, Mountain Home

Election Commission Headquarters – 213 E 5th St., Mountain Home

Nov. 8, General Election Day polls open at 7:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. at the following locations and addresses:

  •     Baxter County Courthouse, 1 East 7th St. Mountain Home, AR.72653
  •     Big Flat, Big Flat City Hall, Hwy 14, Big Flat, AR. 72951
  •     Eastside Baptist Church, 718 East 9th St., Mountain Home, AR. 72653
  •     Henderson Fire Station, 12487 Hwy 62 East, Henderson, AR. 72544
  •     Lakeview City Hall, 14 Skyles Lane, Lakeview, AR
  •     Lone Rock Baptist Church, 6726 Push Mountain Road, Norfork, AR 72658
  •     Midway Safety Training Center, 170 Dillard Drive, Midway, AR. 72651
  •     Northeast Lakeside Fire Station, 5482 Hwy 62 East, Mountain Home, AR.72653
  •     Norfork First Baptist Church, 36 Second St., Norfork, AR.72658
  •     Salesville Community Center, 46 Gillespie St., Salesville, AR. 72653
  •     Baxter County Fairgrounds, 1507 Fairgrounds Drive, Mountain Home, AR. 72653
  •     Wesley United Methodist Church, 179 Memory Lane, Cotter, AR.72626
  •     Election Commission Headquarters, 213 E. 5th ST., Mountain Home, AR 72653

A list of appointed election officials, deputy clerks, or additional deputies hired to conduct the early voting can be located on the door of the Baxter County & Circuit Clerk’s office beginning Friday, Oct. 7

Any person who makes an objection to the service of a designated poll worker must make it known to the County Board of Election Commissioners within seven calendar days. The deadline for objections must be received before the date of the election.

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