Counting On fans are stunned as to the real reason why the Duggar’s son Jedidiah has joined Instagram. It appears that the 20-year-old is running to represent Arkansas House District 89 as a political candidate. While many social media followers of the Duggar family believed that the young man was perhaps courting someone as the reason for creating his own social media account, it appears it is instead a way to reach out to his followers to further his political career.
Talk Business reported that Duggar is running in 2020 as a Republican against incumbent Democrat State Rep. Megan Godfrey.
In his statement of intent on his official campaign website, Duggar explained that he has grown up in the Springdale area his whole life and that he is a small business owner himself. He tried to relate to his constituents by explaining that he understands and will address the important issues facing both the residents and businesses of his district.
“I will fight for sound economic policies, push for more tax relief for all Arkansans, and advocate for conservative values. I am a Christian and I will stand up for religious liberty, I am pro-life and I will be an advocate for the unborn, and I will always defend our Second Amendment. With your support, I will be a strong, conservative voice in Little Rock for District 89,” he continued.
Duggar owns his own business in the area, Champion Motorcars in Springdale, Arkansas.
In the clip he posted to his newly-formed Instagram account, Duggar listed the reasons why his constituents should vote for him in the upcoming election.
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I'm Jed Duggar. I have grown up in the Springdale area all my life and as a local small-business owner, I understand the important issues facing the residents and businesses of District 89. • Northwest Arkansas is the economic engine of our state, our local jobs and state economy depend on elected officials that take a common-sense, business approach to legislative reforms. I will fight for sound fiscal policies and tax relief for all Arkansans. • I will unequivocally advocate for conservative values. I am a Christian and I will stand up for religious liberty, I am pro-life and I will be an advocate for the unborn, and I will always defend our Second Amendment. With your support, I will be a strong, conservative voice in Little Rock for District 89.
The campaign website reported that Jedidiah was the campaign manager for State Sen. Bob Ballinger’s 2018 campaign and that the reality show star served as a legislative assistant at the Arkansas State Capitol during the 2017 session.
Fans were divided over the young man’s desire to serve his local government, citing different reasons as to why they felt he was qualified or not qualified for the position, and they posted their comments in the caption that accompanied the post below.
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I’m announcing my candidacy for Arkansas State Representative District 89 in Springdale. I’d appreciate your prayers, support and your vote! . I’m a Conservative. Pro-Life. Pro Second Amendment. Pro Religious Liberty. ???????? Combat the Opioid Crisis. Lower Taxes. More Jobs & Growth. Strong Economy. . Election Day is November 3, 2020! Visit my website at jedduggar.com to learn more and keep up with the campaign!
“Religious liberty for all or just the one that your family follows?” asked one fan.
“I hope it was your own choice and not daddy’s idea. Although I’d say, expand your views beyond of what you have been taught, have dialogues with people from different backgrounds than yours, in all facets of life you are running for,” remarked another follower of the family.
In a differing opinion, another fan commented, “If I lived in Arkansas, you’d have my vote!!!”
Jedidiah is following in the political footsteps of his father, Jim Bob Duggar, who served in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1999 to 2002 and later, according to a book Jim Bob and wife Michelle Duggar authored in 2008, titled The Duggars: 20 and Counting. Jim Bob was also a candidate for the United States Senate in 2002 but lost to Tim Hutchinson. The patriarch of the Duggar clan also sought the Republican nomination to the Arkansas State Senate District 35 seat in Arkansas in 2006 but lost to candidate Bill Pritchard.
The Inquisitr previously reported on Jedidiah opening his own Instagram account, with his fans believing that he had begun courting a young woman. The opening of a social media account in the clan normally coincides with a young adult in the Duggar household heading towards marriage. The only exception to this rule thus far has been Jana Duggar, who is 29-years-old and unmarried.
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