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I was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, in 1957 and resided on a county road north of Van Buren during my youth and early adult life. I worked as a nurse for St. Edward Mercy Medical Center (Mercy Medical Center). I remember the Clinton years well, seeing the state enjoy economic growth for lower- and middle-income families, as well as improved educational standards. We saw better standards for teachers and tax relief for citizens (except for higher taxes for the upper class) while facing opposition from business: trucking, poultry, and wood products. My cousin in Little Rock worked on all Clinton's races for governor, as well as his first presidential campaign. I first met Bill Clinton at a festival in Fort Smith about a year and a half before he first announced he would run for president. I told everybody--friends, family, coworkers--that he would be president one day soon, meeting a lot of criticism for my comments (I live in a very Republican part of a Republican-leaning state). I have supported him throughout his career, not counting his early run for attorney general of Arkansas. I am extremely proud of his time as governor and later as president of the United States, as well as his humanity efforts with former presidents George Bush and Jimmy Carter. I strongly believe Arkansas and the United States are better for having his leadership during these past forty odd years, and the world as well.

Johnny M. Cox
Fort Smith, AR