Celeste Williams of Bella Vista, a Democrat who lost a race for state representative in 2018, has scheduled an announcement Wednesday in Rogers at which she is expected to announce a challenge of the Third District Republican incumbent, Rep. Steve Womack.

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The announcement will be at 6 p.m. (not 5 as originally announced) in Frisco Park in Rogers. She was handily beaten by Austin McCollum in her state House race.  She’s a nurse and wrote movingly then of unmet needs in her district.

My life’s mission has been to reduce suffering through compassionate care. When I see a need, I have to do something about it.

As a nurse practitioner, I witness my patients struggle to meet every day needs. One in five people in my County are food insecure— they don’t know where their next meal will come from. Many of my patients have to choose between being able to pay for medicine, food, or rent. I watch as our state legislature continues to make it more difficult for people to access healthcare by cutting back on safety-net programs and adding work requirements tangled in red tape. I will fight for all Arkansans to have access to affordable healthcare and the ability to meet basic needs.

These issues are no less important today, perhaps more so, at the congressional level.


Health care will remain a focus for Williams, along with education and economic opportunity, a spokesman said. She’ll also talk about infrastructure, fair trade and protecting American workers and farmers. “We need a government that works for all of us, not just a few,” she says.