Voters in Central Arkansas will have a choice on the November ballot, as Allison Grigsby Sweatman announced Monday she will officially file to run District 13 for the Arkansas Senate.
A Central Arkansas native, Allison is a mother, wife, social worker and child advocate who currently resides in North Little Rock.
“Our community matters to me. This is home,” said Allison in an official statement. “I’m running because I want every student and every family to have outstanding educational opportunities, to bring mental health care into the forefront of the conversation about health care, and to fix our broken foster care system. Waiting is not an option. Arkansans deserve a choice.”
Allison is a graduate of Cabot High School. She received her bachelor’s degree from Ouachita Baptist University, where she studied mass communications. She later completed a master’s in social work from Tulane University. She and her husband, Andrew are parents to two children, Rosie and Beau. Allison and Andrew are passionate advocates for children with special needs as both Rosie and Beau are diagnosed with Down syndrome.
“I [am] committed to being an advocate for kids with disabilities and their parents. When your family is in need, you should be able to focus on what matters,” said Allison. “While pursuing my social work degree, I worked with hundreds of parents, teaching them to assert their child’s rights in the education system. I learned that the process of advocating for your child in a broken system takes a serious toll on your physical, mental, and emotional health. But here is the good news: we can take on these challenges, and create positive change for every family to live even better lives right here in our part of Arkansas,” she added.
Elections for the Arkansas State Senate will take place later this year. The general election is on Nov. 8, 2022. A primary is scheduled for May 24, 2022, and a primary runoff is scheduled for June 21. The filing deadline is March 1, 2022. The Board of Apportionment finalized the new boundaries of this district (formerly District 34) earlier this year during the redistricting process.