Governor’s public affairs director steps down, will work to oppose Arkansas private-school standards amendment

Jordan Powell (from left), Randy Lawson and John Schmelzle are shown in these undated file photos. Alexa Henning, spokesperson for Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said Monday, April 1, 2024 that Powell was departing the governor’s office to work with the Arkansans for Students and Educators ballot committee working to disqualify or defeat the Arkansas Educational Rights Amendment of 2024. Lawson and Schmelzle are chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the ballot committee, according a statement of organization for the ballot committee filed April 1 with the Arkansas Ethics Commission. (Left, courtesy photo; center, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Cary Jenkins; right, NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Jordan Powell (from left), Randy Lawson and John Schmelzle are shown in these undated file photos. Alexa Henning, spokesperson for Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said Monday, April 1, 2024 that Powell was departing the governor’s office to work with the Arkansans for Students and Educators ballot committee working to disqualify or defeat the Arkansas Educational Rights Amendment of 2024. Lawson and Schmelzle are chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the ballot committee, according a statement of organization for the ballot committee filed April 1 with the Arkansas Ethics Commission. (Left, courtesy photo; center, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Cary Jenkins; right, NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)


The public affairs director for Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Jordan Powell, is departing the governor's office to work with the Arkansans for Students and Educators ballot committee that is aiming for the disqualification and/or defeat of the Arkansas Educational Rights Amendment of 2024.

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