The Drew County Democratic Party will host a rally for U.S. Senate candidate Conner Eldridge at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars building in Monticello.
Other area Democrats, including Dorothy Hall, a candidate for District 10 State Representative, Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober, District 9 State Representative Sheilla Lampkin, District 26 State Senator Eddie Cheatham, are scheduled to speak as well, and an invitation has been extended to representatives of presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
“Everyone is invited to come out and get to know Conner Eldridge,” said Drew County Democratic Party President Damon Lampkin. “We’ll have free hot dogs and campaign materials, and you’ll enjoy the chance to meet other Democrats, hear from our local candidates and get excited about the coming election.” Contributions for Eldridge’s Senate campaign will also be accepted at this time.
Eldridge is a former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas. During his five years there, he prosecuted child abusers, drug traffickers and fraudsters. Eldridge’s website, connerforarkansas.com, notes that, “During his time as U.S. Attorney, he prosecuted more than 100 child abusers and pornographers. In August 2014, he launched a new program called A-Chance aimed at helping children in violent and crime-ridden homes succeed in school and in life. The program began operating in 13 Arkansas public schools with Conner’s pledge to continue promoting its benefit to every school in the state.”
Eldridge was born in Fayetteville, spent the first 12 years of his life in Augusta, then moved with his family to Lonoke, where he worked on the family farm and graduated from high school. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College and a law degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where he was a member of the Arkansas Law Review.
Moving to Arkadelphia in 2004, Eldridge became vice president and assistant general counsel of Summit Bank. He served as CEO of Summit Bank and Summit Bancorp from 2008 to 2010. Governor Mike Beebe appointed Eldridge to the Arkansas Interest on Lawyer’s Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Board in 2008 where he worked with attorneys and non-profit leaders to allocate the group’s proceeds for justice initiatives, scholarships and other programs. Eldridge and his family moved to Fort Smith following his appointment as United States Attorney in 2010 and lived there for two years. They now reside in Fayetteville, where they are active members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
Eldridge and his wife, the former Mary Elizabeth Whipple, are raising three young boys: Will, Henry and Tull. In his spare time, Eldridge is an avid duck and deer hunter and a serious, lifelong Razorback fan.
“Arkansans are frustrated with a Washington that seems further and further removed from the real problems they face every day,” Eldridge said. “I promise to work with whomever it takes to bring or create new jobs in the state, improve education, strengthen the middle class, make our communities safer and protect the state’s growing senior population.”