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October 16 2014

Veteran Cervantes says, “[The shutdown] is a perfect example of partisan politicians getting in the way of benefits for our veterans who have earned those benefits with their blood, sweat, and tears…We want the Mayor – Pat Hays – to go fix things.  We know he can do it.”

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Former North Little Rock Mayor Patrick Henry Hays and Arkansas Veteran Carlos Cervantes held a press conference today in front of City Hall on the one-year anniversary of the end of the Government Shutdown of 2013, which inspired Mayor Hays to run for Congress to bring the Arkansas values he practiced in City Hall back to Washington.

The shutdown is “a perfect example of partisan politicians getting in the way of benefits for our veterans who have earned those benefits with their blood, sweat, and tears,” said Carlos Cervantes, citing the delay in the administration of veterans' benefits for service members and their families as a result of the shutdown.  “We want the Mayor – Pat Hays – to go fix things.  We know he can do it.”

Mr. Cervantes also addressed Mayor Hays’ opponent, French Hill, a millionaire banker who opposes raising the minimum wage and who has said that government shutdowns can be “constructive” – even though the shutdown had a devastating impact on Arkansas’ workers, veterans and economy.  Mr. Cervantes said, “I don’t see where there is any leadership coming from French Hill in that category.”

Hays said that as Mayor, he was able to bring people together to solve problems, cut waste and create jobs.  As Mayor Hays said, “We didn’t shut down City Hall.  We’re standing in front of where my office was for 24 years, where we balanced budgets, where we worked together, where we solved problems, where we did things that made government work for people and create a better quality of life.” ​ 

Mayor Hays and Carlos Cervantes
Mayor Hays and Carlos Cervantes

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