Chris Bequette donates $425,000 to his own lieutenant governor campaign – SWARK Today
LITTLE ROCK – Chris Bequette, lifelong Republican and lifelong non-politician, released the following statement:
“Today we filed our final monthly campaign finance report ahead of the May 24 primary. I am thrilled to report that I have made a personal infusion of $425,000 to our campaign. With these funds, we will explore the best opportunities to deliver our message to Arkansas voters in the final stretch of the Lieutenant Governor’s race.
“From day one of our campaign, I’ve been clear why I’m running for Lieutenant Governor. It’s because milquetoast, RINO hacks like Leslie Rutledge, Jason Rapert and Doyle Webb have utterly failed to do their job. and to implement Republican policies throughout state government. Arkansas desperately needs DeSantis-type leadership to do Republican things, play to win, and go on the attack. Arkansas must have an alternative to the weak and timid Hutchinson wing of the Republican Party.
“With these new funds added to our campaign, voters can rest assured that I will only be answerable to them, not the RINO PACs and greedy lobbyists representing Woke Corporate interests. Self-funding my campaign is consistent with being the only lieutenant governor candidate who will not take salary or public funds for the office. This is the kind of selfless leadership that Arkansas politics badly needs.
“Now that we are one of the best-funded campaigns in the race, we will have the ability to more effectively deliver our message of small and limited government, abolish state income tax, crack down on crime, to implement statewide school choice, to curb our out of control public higher education system, to rid our state of illegal aliens, and to end the ARHOME program.
About Chris Bequette:
Chris Bequette was born in Missouri, but his first adult decision was to attend his mother and father’s alma mater, the University of Arkansas. As a second generation Razorback football player, Chris wore a red shirt in 1983, before helping Arkansas to a 35-13-1 record from 1984 to 1987, and appearing in 4 consecutive games, including the Orange Bowl. Chris competed as a defensive tackle (1984) and offensive guard and tackle (1985-87), scoring four years, starting with thirty-seven straight games and was voted one of four team captains in 1987. Chris earned his undergraduate degree in three years. and played his final two seasons for the Razorbacks while attending law school, graduating in 1989. He is licensed to practice law in Arkansas and Missouri.
After coaching football for two seasons at Appalachian State University, Chris returned to Arkansas to work as an assistant district attorney in Little Rock from 1993 to 1995, trying more than thirty jury trials, including a number of murder and violent crimes. In late 1995 Chris entered the financial services industry. Since 2007, he has owned a wealth management practice that helps individuals and families gain financially through financial education, planning and investment management services. Chris lives in Little Rock and is a longtime member of St. Andrew’s Cathedral and has been involved in various charities including the Knights of Columbus. Chris has a son, Luke, who played his final season of college football in the PAC-12 conference last fall.