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Grant Tennille re-elected as chair



North Little Rock, Arkansas – On Saturday, the Arkansas Democrats held officer elections. Some fresh faces were chosen, while others were re-elected.

Grant Tennille, the outgoing chair, was re-elected by the party to serve a full term. Tennille claimed that other party members persuaded him to change his mind after he had stated that he had no intention of running for re-election to the role.

“Friends, two months ago, I was as exhausted as I’ve ever been in my life,” Tennille said. “I felt beaten up and beaten down. I was ready for a break. Fortunately, all of us have good friends who spent time talking to me and working with me. They made me understand that this moment in Arkansas is fraught with danger, and with possibility.”

Tennille and other party members at the event also promoted a recent Democratic legislative proposal to increase teacher and staff compensation in Arkansas.

“We need to tell Arkansans, again and again, that Democrats in our legislature are the only ones fighting to get our teachers paid what they deserve,” Tennille stated. “They need to know that Democrats are the only one’s fighting to preserve our public schools, which are the heart and soul of so many communities in this state.”

As the first vice chair, Jannie Cotton was chosen to take Nicole Hart’s place. She stated that she wished to concentrate on voter participation.

“We have got to raise money, but we’ve got to invest in voter engagement,” Cotton said.

Several other official positions, such as a vice chair for county committees, treasurer, and members of the executive committee, were also up for election.