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BlackPAC, the NEA, and Women Vote Announce Seven-Figure Independent Expenditure in AR-02

September 29, 2020

For Immediate Release
September 29, 2020

BlackPAC, the National Education Association, and EMILYs List Women Vote Announce Seven-Figure Independent Expenditure in Arkansas’ 2nd District

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, BlackPAC, the National Education Association and Women Vote, the independent expenditure arm of EMILYs List, announced a major independent expenditure program to send Joyce Elliott to Congress. 

The million-dollar independent expenditure features radio, a persuasion mail program, a six-figure digital ad program, streaming TV and Little Rock broadcast. Women Vote and BlackPAC started airing this ad today. The National Education Association will build on the radio program, reserving $400,000 on Little Rock broadcast and streaming TV.

“Throughout her career of committed public service, Joyce Elliot has worked to ensure that government is accountable and responsive to every community member,” said Adrianne Shropshire, executive director of BlackPAC. “At this moment of crisis in our nation we need courageous, moral, and effective leadership in Washington.  We’re proud to partner with Women Vote! and the NEA to champion Joyce’s campaign for the US Congress where she will bring the kind of leadership we need to move forward as a country.”

“As someone who spent 30 years in the classroom as a public school teacher, Joyce Elliott understands how critical it is to ensure that every student, regardless of their color, background, or ZIP code, has access to quality public schools. She knows that educators – those who know the names of the students in their classroom – must have a seat at the table when making education policy. In Congress, Elliott will advocate for investing in our students’ futures by properly funding our public schools, just like she has done in the Arkansas legislature. And Elliott recognizes how our students will need more support than ever coming out of this COVID crisis, which is why she will be a champion for Arkansas’s students and America’s public schools in Congress. On behalf of our 3 million members, the National Education Association is proud to support Joyce Elliott, and are proud to partner with BlackPAC and EMILYs List in championing her campaign,” said National Education Association President Becky Pringle.

“Joyce Elliott is a proven public servant who has dedicated her career to fighting for working families and rural communities,” said EMILYs List President Stephanie Schriock. “From serving as a school teacher to helping create thousands of jobs during the 2008 economic crisis, she has always put her community’s interests first. Congressman French Hill knows his shameful record won’t stand a chance next to Joyce’s leadership, and it’s why he refuses to face her in a debate. Arkansans haven’t forgotten that Congressman Hill voted against affordable health care and women’s reproductive rights, and it’s one of the many reasons why they’ll choose to send Joyce Elliott to Congress in November.”