Maureen Skinner

Maureen Skinner for Arkansas Senate

Maureen Skinner for Arkansas Senate

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This grassroots campaign to unseat the tea-party incumbent began during the time of disbelief, fear, and hopelessness that followed the presidential election of 2016.

Those feelings turned to action and I began the work to fight back, not just for women, PoC, immigrants, LGBT+, but for all voices and all people. In my district, I saw someone working against anyone who does not fit his party’s narrow definition of people deserving equal rights, human decency, and basic respect. These issues truly became my focus after the 2016 presidential election, where I saw the people who are supposed to be serving the people of Arkansas and the United States only serving themselves and their big money donors. I have never run for office before, nor have I considered it.

Bringing the voice back to the people of the district, to the people who pay the salaries of the legislature—that’s my goal.

I grew up on a farm in the woods of Fox, Arkansas. I am a proud graduate of Rural Special High School, part of the Mountain View School District. My upbringing allows me to understand the fundamental small town values of hard work and reward for that hard work while also recognizing the urgent need to help those struggling to make ends meet and to provide for their families. I see the progressive policies that help us provide for those most vulnerable to food insecurity and poverty as essential to our health both as a state and a nation.

I was born in California, and have lived in Colorado, North Carolina, and Arkansas but I have always considered Arkansas my home. I have had the opportunity to do many things in my life thus far; my resume includes: Job coach for a sheltered workshop, P&C Insurance agent, accounting office manager for global retail company—and finally, what I consider my calling, a therapist.

I’m a thinker. I’m a helper. I’m a doer. I work hard. I will work hard for Arkansas.