LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - After starting an exploratory committee in June, Paul Spencer, a local teacher and farmer, has officially announced his candidacy to challenge Representative French Hill for Arkansas's 2nd Congressional District seat.
Spencer, who is running as a Democrat, said he will focus his campaign on improving healthcare, education, and economic security for Arkansans.
"If the Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell healthcare agenda passes, many people will find themselves one pre-existing condition away from financial ruin," he said.
In a Q&A with us, Hill said the goal of House Republicans' healthcare bill was to "make it more affordable for families and individuals and give them the option of buying truly affordable insurance. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that plan would leave 23 million more people uninsured.
Spencer also said in his press release that he would only take contributions from individual donors, and he would be "beholden to only the citizens of the Second District and not moneyed interests."
But he is not the only challenger to announce their intent to unseat Hill. Natashia Burch Hulsey, who said she has both conservative and progressive views, will run against the Republican incumbent as an Independent.
You can read all three of our Q&A's with each candidate by clicking the links below.