Standing in Elm Street Bakery on the downtown square of El Dorado, Republican hopeful Beth Anne Rankin announced that her campaign marked its 1000th Arkansas donor. Mary Nelson of El Dorado was the campaign's 1000th Arkansas donor. She donated $25 on May 10th.
"I am deeply grateful to Mary for her faithful support of this campaign and our effort to represent the citizens of Arkansas and the people who live in the Fourth Congressional District. When I first entered the political arena as a candidate in 2010, I vowed to be a "People's Candidate." Because of Mary Nelson and 999 Arkansas donors just like her, we have honored that promise. I am campaigning to represent the people of the Fourth District in the "People's House." With 93% of my campaign financed by the citizens of Arkansas, it is clear that no Arkansan will ever have to wait in line behind a special interest group, DC insiders or East Coast lobbyists when they want to meet with me or visit about issues important to the Fourth Congressional District" Rankin said.
"This is a huge distinguishing factor in this heated primary race. According to a recent Arkansas Democrat Gazette article, my nearest opponent has been funded over 70% by out-of-state money. That is unacceptable, and we need to send a strong message that the Fourth Congressional District of Arkansas is not for sale. This is an election, not an auction to the highest out-of-state bidder," Rankin continued.
Mary Nelson spoke at the news conference regarding her decision to support Rankin's campaign with a $25 contribution, "I am honored to support Beth Anne and believe she represents the values and beliefs of citizens here in Arkansas. I know she has the fight to go to Congress and stand up for us against the powerful East Coast influences and to represent the heart and soul of the Fourth Congressional District. I am thrilled to be her 1,000th donor."
Rankin, who ran for this seat as the Republican nominee in 2010, won the primary by carrying 27 of the then 29 counties in the district. She went on to win four of the five most populated counties in the district, including Union County, in the general election.
Rankin is a small business owner and seventh-generation Arkansan who spent seven years working in the Governor's office for Governor Mike Huckabee as the Policy Advisor for State and Federal Affairs. She served as the advisor to Capitol Hill, the White House, the National Governors Association, Southern Governors Association, Council of State Governments and Southern Growth Policies Board. Rankin also coordinated the Governor's Summit on Economic Development.
Rankin was born in El Dorado and raised on the Rankin family farm in Magnolia. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Ouachita Baptist University with a double major in history and music. As an entrepreneur, Rankin founded Beth Anne Productions, Inc in her home town of Magnolia. She is the vice president of Rankin Land and Timber, a family owned small business. She is a Life Member of the NRA, member of the National Federation of Independent Business, member of Ducks Unlimited, and a board member of the Boy Scouts of America De Soto Area Council.