Rankin: ‘I am officially announcing my candidacy for the U.S. Congress’

Beth Anne Rankin, of Magnolia, stood on the steps of the Columbia County Courthouse just moments ago and officially announced her candidacy for the Fourth Congressional District seat in the U.S. Congress. Rankin thanked her supporters, and expressed her desire to bring “salt of the earth, Christian values” to Washington, D.C. In remembering her bid last year against incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Ross (D), she said, “It wasn’t easy. I faced a giant.” (Ross announced recently that he will not seek a seventh term in Congress, but has hinted that a bid for the governor’s office may be in his future.) You’ll find more of what Rankin had to say – including her comments about job creation, Second Amendment rights, and the national debt – in tomorrow’s Banner-News. In the meantime, read on to see a few more photos of today’s big announcement. 

Ralph Weiser, of Magnolia, introduced Beth Anne Rankin at today's announcement ceremony at the Columbia County Courthouse. Columbia County Sheriff's Office Detective Leroy Martin offered the prayer before the start of the ceremony.

Beth Anne Rankin visits with a supporter after announcing her candidacy for the U.S. Congress today at the courthouse.

Morgan McDonald, left, and Laina Pinner, right, share a moment with Beth Anne Rankin after Rankin's candidacy announcement in Magnolia today. McDonald and Pinner will vote for the first time in May. Pinner sang the National Anthem prior to Rankin's announcement.

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