Why I'm Running

My story isn’t like most politicians’ story.

 

I grew up in the small town of Prairie Grove, Arkansas. My grandfather was a dairyman, and I remember going with him to milk herds. My dad learned computers in the Navy, and later he taught himself to program and began his own company. My mother got a degree from Arkansas Tech and became a certified court reporter, so she could help provide for her daughters. 

 

Growing up I faced a lot of challenges. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes a week before my sophomore year of high school, and I was in and out of college due to diabetes-related complications.

 

In 2012, I gave birth to my daughter, Elizabeth, and everything changed for me. I wanted to make Elizabeth proud. 

 

But in January 2015, I was diagnosed with a form of aggressive breast cancer. I went through 6 rounds of chemo and later had a double mastectomy. 

 

My focus shifted to battling this disease so that I could be around for my daughter. Throughout treatment, Elizabeth was the bright spot in my life. We sang, we laughed, and we cried our way through cancer and toddlerhood. 

 

In school, in treatment, and as a working single mother - I had to learn to fight for myself. I had to navigate medical providers and insurance companies, the Department of Human Services, and financial aid. With a lot of support from my community, I did my best. And when I fell, I got back up. 

 

In May 2019, I finally got to walk across the stage at my commencement ceremony. I made it. And Elizabeth was there to see me do it.

 

I’m Hawley Woods, and I’m running to represent District 88 in the Arkansas State House.

 

I’m lucky. I won my fight with cancer. But I only won that fight and the fights that followed because I had support from friends, family and my community. I’m running because I want to fight for the people in our community who don’t have that kind of support. I want to fight for you.

Life-saving drugs cost too much, and the state's health system is impossible to navigate. I am prepared to fight for better options for the people of Arkansas. I’ll fight to make excellent childcare, affordable early pre-k, and nationally competitive public schools available to every family in the state. 

 

I’ll fight for investments in infrastructure, small business, and high-speed internet, so that every Arkansan has access to the tools they need to participate in the modern economy. And I’ll join those fighting for common sense gun safety policies, so that our kids and neighbors can live safer. 

 

My story isn’t like most politicians’ story. But I think District 88 is ready for something different.

© 2019 by Hawley Woods for Arkansas