Jared Henderson Announces Candidacy for Governor of Arkansas

Little Rock, AR — (December 12, 2017) —  Jared Henderson today announced his candidacy for Governor of Arkansas. Henderson is the first Democrat to formally enter the race. “I’m entering this race because I believe that by the time my son is grown, Arkansas can have one of the most dynamic economies and exemplary education systems in the country,” said Henderson. “But we need to prioritize a small number of bold goals and put some serious and innovative strategies in place to achieve them. This is not the time to overly celebrate small improvements.”

Henderson envisions an Arkansas that commits to building opportunity for every individual in every community, and one that harnesses the boldness and ingenuity found throughout Arkansas’ history.

“This is about ideas that are suited for the unique opportunities and challenges of the 21st century. This is not the next chapter of the ‘big government vs. small government’ debate,” explains Henderson. “This is about responding to the fact that we are living in one of the most expansive, dynamic, and rapid periods of change in history. It is a time that calls for a new vision of government and politics. In my vision of government, we solve problems and promote opportunity by deciding how government can best complement and unleash the efficiency and innovative capacity of the private sector; the passion and scrappiness of our non-profit community; the wisdom and values of our faith-based organizations; and the trust of our local civic institutions.”

For the last six years, Henderson has served our communities across the state by recruiting and retaining educators in public schools facing teacher shortages. As an executive director and senior vice president of a national non-profit, Henderson was responsible for more than 1,500 teachers and 150 employees during his tenure.

Henderson began his career as a research scientist and manager at NASA. After NASA, he joined the world’s top strategic consulting firm, McKinsey & Company. There he worked alongside Fortune 100 executives in multiple industries, advised a state superintendent of education, and supported mayors of two of America’s largest cities during the Great Recession. He was educated in Arkansas public schools his entire childhood and graduated with bachelor’s degrees in computer science and physics from the University of Arkansas. He later earned master’s degrees in business administration and public administration from Harvard University.

Over the last three years, Henderson has assumed his most important and fulfilling jobs of his life as husband to Dr. Melanie Prince and father to his son, Duke. Today, they live in Little Rock where they own and operate a medical practice.

To join, volunteer, and contribute to Jared Henderson for Governor of Arkansas, visit www.jaredforarkansas.com.