The Jackson County Republican Party held the Annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Saturday, April 7th on the campus of Arkansas State University Newport. The dinner began at 6:30 pm with close to 175 people in attendance. Candidate for Governor Jan Morgan was the key note speaker, as well as guest speaker Ken Yang. Many Jackson County Republican candidates were in attendance.

                Republican Candidate Jan Morgan was the keynote speaker for the evening.

Jan Morgan served two terms on the Executive Board of the Arkansas State Baptist Convention. She is a constitutional conservative who believes in smaller, transparent, Constitutional government that puts more money and freedom back in the hands of the people. As an award-winning veteran investigative television journalist for 24 years, Morgan used news outlets as a platform to expose waste, fraud, and abuse in government. With over 1.5 million social media followers, Jan is affectionately referred to as the 1st Lady of the 2nd Amendment for her years of fighting on the national front for 2nd Amendment issues, speaking in over 25 states. Jan Morganis a nationally recognized 2nd amendment advocate/speaker, NRA ​certified firearms instructor, NRA certified range safety officer, state police certified concealed carry​ instructor, founder of Armed American Woman, and owner of The Gun Cave In.

            The second speaker of the evening was Ken Yang. Yang is a native of Benton, Arkansas, and first generation immigrant of Taiwan. His father fled China in 1949 during the Communist Revolution and later with Ken’s mother immigrated to the United States in 1983. Ken has a love and passion for politics and helping people. As the age of 20, Yang served as the Saline County District Court case coordinator at the Prosecutor’s office at the age of 20. After graduating from Hendrix College, Ken was offered the position of Campaign Manager for then State Representative Mark Martin’s campaign for Arkansas Secretary of State at the age of 21. In this capacity, Ken spearheaded volunteer organization, coalition outreach, fundraising, and communications strategy for the campaign which was victorious. Ken currently handles Governmental Affairs at Arkansas Family Council, an organization of 10,000 families and churches throughout Arkansas with a mission of promoting, protecting, and strengthening traditional family values.

            Local businesses and individuals who donated tickets and to Jackson County veterans and law enforcement officers include Delta Trailer Manufacturing, Levi and Tanaya Carlton, George Kell Motors, Icare Pharmacy, Carol Falwell at Honey Realty, and Governor Asa Hutchinson. “The Republican Party is thankful for heroes who fight for our freedom and our safety.”

            Many donated items were auctioned to raise money for the Jackson County Republican Committee. Those who donated include Donna Hohn and Hohn’s Cypress Art, Jones Home Furnishings, Chuck’s Gun and Bait Shop, Vanessa Falwell APN, Flavor of the Week, MJ’s Catering, Connie Smith & The Gift Shop in Bradford, Arkansas, Getcha Going Auto in Newport, Ellis Automotive, Purdy’s Flowers and Gifts, Carol Falwell at Honey Realty, Sandy Ball at Cherokee Hair Center, Red Tie Meat Shop, B & C Tire Company, Glenda May with Lula Rue Clothing, Kathryn Sue Kidd with L’Bri Pure and Natural Products, Neighborhood Cleaners, Galeria Hair Salon, 2 Chicks Nursery, Casteel Insurance, Farmers Tire Mart, Bruno’s Restaurant, Little As Restaurant, Jimmy Brumley and Riceland Foods, Tonya Buford and The Bridge Salon, Christy Beshears Photograhy and many more.