DENVER â€” Bill Clinton defended Hillary Rodham Clinton's commitment to the poor and working Americans on Tuesday, saying his family's post-presidential wealth had not prevented the former secretary of state from understanding the economic problems of Americans.
"She's not out of touch," the former president declared at his family's annual domestic policy summit. Clinton noted that in law school his future wife sought legal assistance for the poor and later advocated for paid leave for new mothers during the 1970s.
Alderman Frank Baptist is seeking a third term to the Ward 1, Position 1 seat he holds on the Benton City Council.
Baptist has served on the council's Streets Committee for the past four years.
Reflecting on his time on the council, he noted that he has witnessed many improvements in the city, but said he has high expectations for even more projects to be instigated.
"I have helped respond to the city's needs, i.e., streets, drainage, parks, new civic center, recycling and future projects outlined in the mayor's annual state-of-the-city speech," he said.
During an emergency meeting Tuesday of the Saline County Quorum Court, the justices of the peace approved an ordinance appropriating $2.2 million in county road funds for the Alcoa Road improvement project.
The road-widening project is a joint venture involving the cities of Benton and Bryant and Saline County.
Tuesday's meeting was called by Saline County Judge Lanny Fite to appropriate the county road department's portion required for right-of-way acquisition.