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Charter schools’ official launches US House bid in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An official with a network of charter schools says he’s seeking the Democratic nomination for a U.S. House seat in east Arkansas.

Chintan Desai announced Thursday he’s running for the party’s nomination for the 1st Congressional District in east Arkansas. The seat is currently held by U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, who was first elected to Congress in 2010.

Desai is regional project manager for the KIPP Delta schools, where he has also taught 5th grade social studies. He said he plans to focus on proposals to eliminate poverty in eastern Arkansas during his bid.

Robert Butler, a retiree from Marmaduke, earlier this year said he was running for the Democratic nomination. Campaign finance reports show Crawford has more than $312,000 cash on hand for his re-election bid.

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