Speaker-designate Darrin Williams on Arkansas legislative elections:
“First and foremost, I want to thank all of the candidates who ran this year. Public service is a noble calling, and our democracy only works when good people decide to make the sacrifice of time, money and energy to serve. This year’s House elections have been among the closest, most expensive and divisive campaigns in our state history. And today the outcome in District 52, and therefore the balance of power in the House, is still in question.
Regardless of the outcome, I pledge, as I did back in March when my colleagues elected me Speaker-designate, to work with each member to move our state forward and continue the progress we have already achieved in so many areas.
The Speaker has always served at the will of the majority of the membership and there should be no difference in the 89th General Assembly, regardless of which party holds the majority in the House of Representatives. I reaffirm my pledge to put the state’s needs first and to work to make Arkansas an even better place for this generation and the next. I also want to thank the fine people of District 36, who have again re-elected me to serve them. It is my honor to do so."