State House And Se­nate Races Fill Novem­ber Elec­tion Bal­lot

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - OPINION - May­lon Rice Po­lit­i­cally Lo­cal

Lo­cal races for the state House and state Se­nate seats con­tested in this year’s Gen­eral Elec­tion have spawned 14 races which af­fect vot­ers in Ben­ton and Wash­ing­ton coun­ties on Nov. 6.

There is one State Se­nate race in Ben­ton County on the Gen­eral Elec­tion bal­lot and two state Se­nate races on the bal­lots in Wash­ing­ton County.

State Se­nate races are usu­ally for four-year terms, while all state House races are for two-year terms. State Se­nate Dis­trict 3 In Ben­ton County, in­cum­bent state Sen­a­tor Ce­cile Bled­soe, a Repub­li­can, is seek­ing re-elec­tion. She faces Demo­cratic nom­i­nee, Jon Com­stock, as a chal­lenger for the Dis­trict 3 State Se­nate seat.

State Se­nate Dis­trict 4 While in Wash­ing­ton County, sit­ting state Sen­a­tor Uvalde Lind­sey has de­cided to re­tire from state politics, cre­at­ing an “open” seat. Two can­di­dates are run­ning for the Se­nate, Dis­trict 4 seat: state Rep. Greg Led­ing, a Demo­crat, and Repub­li­can nom­i­nee, Dawn Cle­mence. State Se­nate Dis­trict 5 A three-way race for the state Se­nate seat in Dis­trict 5 – a largely ru­ral area com­posed of a small part of east­ern Wash­ing­ton County, all of Madi­son County and parts of Franklin, Car­roll, John­son, Craw­ford and Se­bas­tian coun­ties — has de­vel­oped. State Rep. Bob Ballinger is the GOP nom­i­nee; Jim Wal­lace is the Demo­cratic nom­i­nee, and Lee Evans is the Lib­er­tar­ian nom­i­nee. The most votes wins with no run off in this race.

BEN­TON COUNTY

State House Dis­trict 87 State Rep. Robin Lund­strum, a Repub­li­can, is seek­ing re-elec­tion to rep­re­sent Dis­trict 87 in the Se­nate. She will face Demo­cratic nom­i­nee, Kelly Scott Unger. State House Dis­trict 90 State Rep. Jana Della Rose, a Repub­li­can, who is seek­ing re-elec­tion, is be­ing chal­lenged by Demo­cratic nom­i­nee Kati McFarland.

State House Dis­trict 92 This is an open seat with no in­cum­bent seek­ing re-elec­tion. The two can­di­dates are Demo­cratic Party nom­i­nee, Chris Birch and Repub­li­can Party nom­i­nee, Gayla Hen­dren McKen­zie. State House Dis­trict 93 Repub­li­can State Rep. Jim Dot­son will face Demo­cratic nom­i­nee chal­lenger, Gay­a­tri Jane Agnew, for this State House seat.

State House Dis­trict 94 State Rep. Re­becca Petty, a Repub­li­can, is fac­ing Demo­crat Party Nom­i­nee, Jene Huff­man-Gil­reath, for the state House 94 seat.

State House Dis­trict 95 State Rep. Austin McCol­lum, a Repub­li­can, will face Demo­cratic Party nom­i­nee, Ce­leste Wil­liams, for the state House 95 seat.

State House Dis­trict 96 State Rep. Grant Hodges will face Demo­cratic Party nom­i­nee, Christie Craig, for the state House 96 seat.

WASH­ING­TON COUNTY

State House Dis­trict 80 State Rep. Charlene Fite, a Repub­li­can, is seek­ing re-elec­tion. She will face a Demo­cratic Party nom­i­nee, Lou Reed Sharp, as well as a Lib­er­tar­ian can­di­date, Casey Copeland, for the Dis­trict 80 seat. There will be no run-off in this race. The can­di­date with the most votes wins. State House Dis­trict 81 State Rep. Bruce Cole­man, a Repub­li­can, is seek­ing re-elec­tion. He faces Demo­crat Party nom­i­nee, Don­ald R. McKin­ney, for the Dis­trict 81 seat.

State House Dis­trict 84 Rep. Char­lie Collins, a Repub­li­can, is seek­ing re-elec­tion. He faces, Demo­cratic nom­i­nee, Denise Gar­ner for the Dis­trict 84 seat. State House Dis­trict 87 Rep. Robin Lund­strum, a Repub­li­can, is seek­ing re-elec­tion. She faces Demo­cratic nom­i­nee, Kelly Scott Unger, for the Dis­trict 87 seat.

State House Dis­trict 89 State Rep. Jeff Wil­liams, a Repub­li­can, is seek­ing re-elec­tion. He faces Me­gan God­frey, the Demo­cratic nom­i­nee for the Dis­trict 89 seat.

State House Dis­trict 97 This is an open seat as State Rep. Bob Bal­lenger is seek­ing a state se­nate seat. The can­di­dates are: Gary L. Mor­ris, the Demo­cratic nom­i­nee, and Repub­li­can nom­i­nee Har­lan Breaux for the Dis­trict 97 seat.

In ad­di­tion to these state races, there will be lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal and county races in the area.

More next week on what vot­ers can ex­pect on the Nov. 6 Gen­eral Elec­tion bal­lots.

COR­REC­TION

In­for­ma­tion about can­di­dates run­ning for Sec­re­tary of State in the 2018 gen­eral elec­tion was un­clear due to edit­ing in May­lon Rice’s col­umn in the Sept. 26 pa­per. Here’s the cor­rect in­for­ma­tion:

Sec­re­tary of State In­cum­bent Sec­re­tary of State Mark Martin is term-lim­ited and can­not run for re-elec­tion. Those seek­ing the of­fice are:

Demo­cratic Can­di­date Su­san In­man, a for­mer Direc­tor of Elec­tions, is run­ning for this po­si­tion.

Repub­li­can Land Com­mis­sioner John Thurston also is run­ning for Sec­re­tary of State. Thurston was term-lim­ited af­ter two terms as Land Com­mis­sioner and could not seek re-elec­tion. MAY­LON RICE IS A FOR­MER JOUR­NAL­IST WHO WORKED FOR SEV­ERAL NORTH­WEST ARKANSAS PUB­LI­CA­TIONS. HE CAN BE REACHED VIA EMAIL AT MAYLONTRICE@YA­HOO.COM. THE OPIN­IONS EX­PRESSED ARE THOSE OF THE AU­THOR.

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