Denise Firmin Garner, a familiar name in philanthropic and civic circles in Fayetteville, announced this week as a Democratic candidate for state House of Representatives from District 84. Republican Rep. Charlie Collins, who forced concealed weapons onto college campuses against the will of every governing board in the state, will be seeking re-election.
This makes a Democratic primary for the race. Adrienne Kvello, a Fayetteville lawyer, announced earlier. She pointedly noted Collins’ gun legislation and his participation in the funneling of state taxpayer money to Ecclesia College in Springdale, a still-running scandal with a criminal prosecution component of two other legislators.
Garner’s formal announcement is Dec. 13. But you can get a feel for her progressive politics on her Facebook page, including a note today about pending efforts by congressional Republicans to slice support for higher education.