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Beebe: 'Good people' should seek office

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 4, 2013 at 4:26 p.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe says "good people" should run for elective office and that Arkansans should support them when they do.

Speaking to the Arkansas Farm Bureau on Wednesday, the governor called some politicians "ideologues" who make up their minds on issues before hearing all the facts. Without naming names, Beebe said the state needs people willing to put Arkansans first.

Beebe waxed nostalgic throughout his remarks, talking about his upbringing in "suburban Amagon" and, as a youngster, seeing chickens beneath a relative's house through the cracks in the floor.

He praised the state's agricultural industry and said farmers "are needed now more than ever" to feed a hungry world.

The governor leaves office in early 2015 and has said he will not seek another position.

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Popsmith says... December 4, 2013 at 9:39 p.m.

Governor Beebe is absolutely right. If we elect good people at the local level it will trickle up to the state and national levels. We usually don't know the people on the upper levels, but we can sure get to know the people who serve on the local level.

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arkateacher54_aol.com says... December 4, 2013 at 11:22 p.m.

Government has evolved into not much more than a scam for those crafty enough to get in on the game to line their own pockets. It would be nice to have good people in government, but they would get trampled in the rush for the goodies. I have little faith left in our democratic process.

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BradBailey says... December 5, 2013 at 6:16 a.m.

Beebe is a good man. He's reasonable, willing to negotiate and speaks his mind. I commend his service.

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LevyRat says... December 5, 2013 at 7:35 a.m.

As a conservative, Mike Beebe is one of only a handful of Democrats that I have ever voted for. He is a good man and I am going to miss him when he leaves office.

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Jfish says... December 5, 2013 at 7:54 a.m.

Yeah, I agree, Beebe will be difficult to replace.

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SRBROTHERINLAW says... December 5, 2013 at 7:56 a.m.

SO GLAD TO SEE BEEBE LEAVING. HE IS RIGHT IT IS TIME FOR "GOOD" PEOPLE TO BE ELECTED

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JessePinkman says... December 5, 2013 at 10:28 a.m.

I echo your sentiments Levy; if we had more good people like Beebe we would be so much better off.

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