Feb 262014

Jerry Neal, candidate for State Senate District 14 reports that he delivered the following letter to the Sentinel-Record but was told by a staff person that it would NOT be published. That being the case, it seemed good to publish it here:

Letter to the Editor, Sentinel-Record Feb. 26, 2014


Regarding your article about political races in today’s Sentinel-Record, I have some questions. Did you purposely omit my wife’s professional designation because one of the issues in the state senate campaign is healthcare? My wife, Edith Fraley, is a medical doctor. She is a plumber’s daughter who worked her way through college, graduate school, and medical school. She is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the Arkansas National Guard, who joined the military after September 11th and has braved enemy fire in three Middle East war zone deployments. She deserves respect. How often do you mention physicians or military officers in you newspaper without giving them the courtesy of their professional designations?

Why did you describe me as a retired accountant, not as a retired Certified Public Accountant? I was a partner in a CPA firm and a peer reviewer of other CPA firms. If space was a problem in your article, you could have used the letters ‘CPA,’ which take less space than the word ‘accountant.’

Why did you omit the fact that I am Treasurer of the Garland County Republican Committee? I have been active in Hot Springs as well as in Hot Springs Village.

You quoted Senator Sample’s description of my position on the Private Option, but you omitted my description of the Private Option. I said that it is actually the implementation of ObamaCare in Arkansas.

All of this information, with the exception of that concerning my wife’s early life, was provided to your reporter in writing the day before you published the article.

Jerry Neal

Candidate for State Senate District 14

Feb 192014

Hear Garland & Saline County sheriff candidates speak at the February 20 meeting of the HSV TEA Party, 6-8 PM at:

Ponce de Leon Center
1101 DeSoto Boulevard
Hot Springs Village, AR 71909

(in alphabetical order with clickable candidate links)


Garland County

Scotty Dodd (R)

Ronnie Dunn (R)

Fred Hawthorn (R)

Mike McCormick (I)

Rodney Neighbors (D)

Thomas Hickox (R)

Saline County

Kevin Cooper (R)

Tim Duddener (R)

E.J. Harris (R)

Simon Haynes (R)

Rodney Wright (R)

Feb 122014
The HSV Clubs are sharing information about Meetings where you can meet the candidates, hear their position on issues, ask questions and become informed about the candidates before the May Primary Elections.

On the national level, we’ll be electing a Senator and two Congressman; at the State level two State Representatives, a Governor, Lt. Governor; Attorney General; Treasurer, Auditor and candidates for Garland and Saline County offices. Guest are welcome to attend.

The speakers at HSV Republican  Women Membership Tea will be Julie Mayberry, French Hill and Leslie Rutledge.

The meeting is on Thursday, February 13, at 10:30 a.m. in the Ponce De Leon Center. Refreshments, Tea sandwiches, appetizers and desserts will be served. A special drawing for a Gift Basket for new Members will take place.

Julie Mayberry is a strong advocate of Arkansas Right To Life, a candidate for State Representative and the wife of State Representative Andy Mayberry. Julie and Andy have four children Their daughter Katie has spina bifida. Founder and director of “I CAN! “ Julie began a program of extra-curricular activities such as dance, soccer, art and music for individuals with special needs.

A Candidate for State Attorney General, Leslie Rutledge an experienced prosecutor with conservative principles will fight for state rights. Rutledge worked in the Arkansas Court of Appeals, served as Deputy Counsel to the Office of Governor Huckabee and served as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney. While in Washington, Rutledge was a Counsel for the RNC. Her law practice focuses on Administrative Law, State and Local Government, and Election Law.

J. French Hill, a conservative businessman running for U.S. Representative District 2, would work to repel Obamacare, replace it with reforms that lower health-care costs, end regulations that hurt small businesses, and believes in Second Amendment rights. Hill is the founder, chairman and C.E.O of Delta Trust & Banking Corp in Little Rock. Hill served as a senior advisor to Governor Mike Huckabee, was the senior economic policy advisor to president George H.W. Bush and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury.

HSV Republican Women    Meets 2nd Thursday at 10:00 am at the Ponce de Leon Center from September to May – (See Date Exceptions)

HSV Republicans Club   Meets 3rd Tuesday at 4:00 pm at the Ponce de Leon Center from January to October 2014 (No July Meeting –See Date Exceptions)

HSV TEA Party    Meets 3rd Thursday at 6:00 pm at the Ponce de Leon Center from January to November – (See Date Exceptions)


Tuesday, May 6th at 3:00pm – ALL GROUPS will meet together at the Coronado Center, All Saline and Garland Candidates invited.

October– Date to be announced – Hosted by ALL GROUPS – Political Rally at Balboa Pavilion.

All candidates invited.