This year, a record number of Asian Americans are running for public office at the local, state, and national level. Reappropriate has partnered with Run for Something — a non-profit launched in 2017 to support grassroots campaigns to elect progressive candidates — to profile these progressive Asian American candidates for higher office. Check back at Reappropriate throughout 2018 to learn more about these candidates and find out how you can get more involved in their campaigns.
What is your full name? Gayatri Jane Agnew
What office are you seeking? Arkansas State House of Representatives District 93 in Bentonville, Arkansas. There is no primary in this election and this is my first time running for office.
When is the election date? The election will occur on November 6th, 2018.
What is your party registration (if any)? I am registered as a Democrat.
Jan Morgan is the owner of the Gun Cave, an indoor gun range in Hot Springs, Arkansas; she also describes herself on her website as “a nationally recognized 2nd Amendment Advocate/Speaker/ NRA Certified Firearms Instructor/ Associated Press Award winning investigative journalist/ Owner/Editor JanMorganMedia.com, Sr. Editor/Patriot Update/ Independent Constitutional Conservative… Republican/Tea Party/Libertarian, and other Conservative based organizations nationally”.
In 2014, she made news for declaring that she wanted her business to be a “Muslim Free Zone”. In that article, she wrote that her reasons for instituting a blanket discrimination policy against any patron of Islamic faith are that: 1) “The Koran… contains 109 verses commanding hate, murder and terror against all human beings who refuse to submit or convert to Islam”; 2) Morgan alleges she has received death threats from unnamed Muslims for linking Qur’an passages; and 3) terrorist extremists such as ISIS and Al Qaeda include Muslim members.
Oh, and the cincher? Apparently, two men who both owned cellphones walked into her store this one time while simultaneously texting, speaking amongst themselves in non-English, and having a ringtone set to “allah akbar” (sic).
These men were clearly terrorists out to commit dastardly acts of badness in Hot Springs, Arkansas.