Yet another candidate has emerged in a succession of strong Democratic candidates who have tried and failed to wrest the House District 32 seat from Republican control, now currently Rep. Jim Sorvillo.
The latest is Ashley Hudson, a Little Rock lawyer. Her release:
Ashley Hudson, a Little Rock attorney and advocate for our nation’s military veterans and their caregivers, today announced her run to represent Arkansas House District 32. Hudson, a mother of four, and wife to former Marine infantry squad leader Cliff Hudson, is an active leader in the West Little Rock community and has called District 32 home for over a decade.Hudson is running as a Democrat against Republican incumbent Jim Sorvillo. Committed to bipartisanship and pragmatic governing, Hudson believes the legislature should provide more resources for Arkansas’s public schools, and that a fiscally responsible economic vision for Arkansas requires addressing problems with the state’s infrastructure.Hudson is the current Elizabeth Dole Caregiver Fellow for Arkansas and one of only 150 in the country. Dole Fellows are military caregivers and community leaders, selected every two years from across the country to advocate for veterans and their caregivers on both the state and federal level and bring attention to the challenges they face every day.As an advocate for veterans and their caregivers, Hudson will campaign on plans to address veteran homelessness, poverty, and mental health in Arkansas. Hudson said, “As a Marine’s wife, I understand sacrifice. I also understand that I’m lucky—Cliff and I have crucial support at home and in our community. But so many don’t. Our state’s elected leaders must do better to close the gaps in care and services for our state’s heroes. Our warriors have fought for us; it’s time for their representatives to actually fight for them.” She will present plans to direct more state funds to veterans’ re-entry and jobs skills retraining.Hudson’s children are enrolled in Little Rock Public Schools, and she is committed to expanding public pre-K services throughout the state, making public school teacher pay in Arkansas is nationally competitive, and ensuring that every student in the state has access to an excellent public school.Hudson is a partner at Kutak Rock LLP, and a member of the Firm’s Healthcare group. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Vanderbilt University, and both an M.A. (Comparative Politics) and a J.D. from the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville. She attends Second Presbyterian Church, and is a sustainer in the Junior League of Little Rock. She is also the current Board Chair of the UA-Pulaski Tech Foundation Board, incoming Counselor for the Overton Inn of Court, Secretary of the Courts Neighborhood Association, and a member of the Editorial Board for the Arkansas Lawyer magazine.
Here’s Hudson’s campaign video: