Arkansas State Senate District 26

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Arkansas Senate District 26
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Current incumbentEddie Cheatham Democratic Party
Population68,899
Ethnicity31.5% Black, 2.2% Hispanic
Voting age78.3% age 18 and over
Arkansas's twenty-sixth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Eddie Cheatham.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 68,899 civilians reside within Arkansas's twenty-sixth state senate district.[1] Arkansas state representatives represent an average of 83,312 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 76,383 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Arkansas State Senate are elected to four-year terms with term limits. The Arkansas legislature is one of 15 state legislatures with term limits. Voters enacted the Arkansas Term Limits Initiative in 1992. That initiative said that Arkansas senators are subject to term limits of no more than two four-year terms.[4] In the first election after the census, all 35 seats are up for election. The Senators "shall divide themselves into two classes, by lot, and the first class shall hold their places for two years only, after which all shall be elected for four years." Arkansas legislators assume office on the first day of session: the second Monday of January.

Qualifications

Article 5, Section 4 of the Arkansas Constitution states: No person shall be a Senator or Representative who, at the time of his election, is not a citizen of the United States, nor any one who has not been for two years next preceding his election, a resident of this State, and for one year next preceding his election, a resident of the county or district whence he may be chosen. Senators shall be at least twenty-five years of age, and Representatives at least twenty-one years of age.

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Arkansas legislature are paid $15,869 per year. They are also given per diem of $136 per day (in voucher form) plus mileage tied to the federal rate.[5]

Term limits

See also: State legislatures with term limits

The Arkansas legislature is one of 15 state legislatures with term limits. Voters enacted the Arkansas Term Limits Initiative in 1992. That initiative said that Arkansas senators are subject to term limits of no more than two four-year terms.

The first year that the term limits enacted in 1992 impacted the ability of incumbents to run for office was in 2000.[4]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the senate, the Governor must call for a special election in order to fill the vacancy. The election must be called by the Governor without delay.[6] For all special elections in the senate, the county that first established the district is responsible for conducting the election.[7]

All special elections must be held on the Second Tuesday of each month. The only other dates an election can be held if the second Tuesday of the month falls on a legal holiday or is in June during an even-numbered year.[8]

Elections

2012

See also: Arkansas State Senate elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Arkansas State Senate consisted of a primary election on May 22, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 1, 2012. Eddie Cheatham and Gregg Reep defeated Johnnie Bolin in the May 22 Democratic primary, and Cheatham defeated Reep in the June 12 primary runoff election. Cheatham went on to defeat Mike Akin (R) in the general election.[9][10]

Arkansas State Senate, District 26, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEddie Cheatham 50.6% 14,479
     Republican Mike Akin 49.4% 14,124
Total Votes 28,603
Arkansas State Senate District 26 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEddie Cheatham (advanced to runoff) 36.3% 4,157
Green check mark transparent.pngGregg Reep (advanced to runoff) 35.4% 4,058
Johnnie Bolin 28.3% 3,245
Total Votes 11,460

Campaign contributions

Since 2002, candidates for Arkansas State Senate District 26 have raised a total of $595,800. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $85,114 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Arkansas State Senate District 26
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $409,404 4 $102,351
2008 $89,852 1 $89,852
2004 $53,967 1 $53,967
2002 $42,577 1 $42,577
Total $595,800 7 $85,114

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