Republican Congressman Rick Crawford is teaming up with Democrat Tim Wooldridge, who will lead a Democrats for Crawford coalition.
Wooldridge ran unsuccessfully for congress in 2010.
Crawford announced Wooldridge's appointment today in the following news release:
"Tim has been a great friend and supporter, and I am thrilled that he has agreed to lead our Democrats for Crawford coalition. This election is not about being Democrat or Republican. I'm proud to have supporters from both parties who are fed up with an over-reaching federal government that is trying to dominate every aspect of our lives from the way we run our farms to our healthcare decisions. Tim not only will be a great asset to our campaign as we organize for the fall election, but as a former legislative leader in Little Rock he is also a valued advisor on policy issues affecting the First Congressional District," said Crawford.
"Rick Crawford has been an extraordinarily effective representative for Arkansas' First District, and I am excited to be a part of his team.
From his work fighting for our priorities in the Farm Bill to his advocacy for Arkansas on the Transportation Committee, Rick has been a strong leader for us in Washington. Rather than focus on partisanship, Rick Crawford has pushed for policies that will lead to more job creation in Arkansas, and I know that will continue to be his top priority," said Wooldridge, who continued: "Everyday I hear from more people who are tired of partisan bickering and who simply want leaders who will move beyond partisanship and focus on finding real solutions. That's why I am stepping up to cross partisan lines and support Rick. He is working above partisanship, and his courage deserves our support."
Tim Wooldridge is a former Paragould City Councilman, Arkansas State Representative and State Senator. He has been an active leader in his community having been involved with several service organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity, the Greene County Scholarship Committee and the Paragould Area Chamber of Commerce. Wooldridge served seven years as the Vice President of Development at Crowley's Ridge College, followed by work for the Arkansas Methodist Medical Center Foundation and the Arkansas Association of Public Universities. He is now the Northeast Arkansas project manager for MFA Oil Biomass. Wooldridge is a graduate of Arkansas State University and is married to the former Lisa Woodson of Paragould. They have two children.