Updated: Aug 22, 2020
Amid rising tensions in Arkansas between once-comfortable legislators and the candidates running to unseat them, Clarke accepts backing from Henning, Whitfield.
It was a long week for the Rogers City Council candidate as he met with several local leaders in the making to ensure the message of his campaign is heard far and wide.
“If you believe that my support of a black candidate and the organization 'Bridge the Gap NWA' somehow makes me a radical candidate I’m afraid we have different views on quite a few things, especially basic equality. We are not saying ONLY black lives matter. We are saying unabashedly, BLACK LIVES MATTER.” - Christian Henning for City Council
On Wednesday, Christian Henning, Candidate for City Counil in nearby Bella Vista, made a statement of support for Clarke's work through Bridge the Gap NWA via his campaign Facebook page, Christian Henning for City Council, which read:
"There are some individuals who are trying to use this photo to dissuade voters from supporting me. If you believe that my support of a black candidate and the organization 'Bridge the Gap NWA' somehow makes me a radical candidate I’m afraid we have different views on quite a few things, especially basic equality. We are not saying ONLY black lives matter. We are saying unabashedly, BLACK LIVES MATTER. I swear no allegiance to any organization, and I swear no allegiance to any political party either. I stand with my brothers and sisters in the fight against oppression and will fight tooth and nail against discrimination in any form. My campaign is for common sense solutions to very real problems, and proposes ways to prevent new problems from arising. #BLACKLIVESMATTER#BridgeTheGap"
Earlier in the week, Clarke had the opportunity to meet with Congressional Candidate Dan Whitfield (pictured at top) -- who continues to sue for ballot access in his effort to unseat Tom Cotton in the U.S. Senate -- and discuss the various intersections of their two platforms. Clarke and Whitfield had hoped to tour the state together in the second week of August, but Clarke declined the opportunity due to parental obligations and the local nature of his current campaign. The two candidates maintain a good rapport and are hopeful for one another's success although it appears a foregone conclusion that Whitfield will have to wait until the upcoming Gubernatorial election to fulfill his political aspirations. As of this writing, the matter is still tied up in court while ballots for 2020 have begun printing.