Arkansas filing deadline report: Five of seven state executive seats wide open this year

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March 3, 2014

By Maresa Strano

Arkansas

Little Rock, Arkansas: Seven state executive positions are up for election in 2014 in the state of Arkansas. At noon on March 3, the filing period for candidates came to a close, amid stormy conditions that caused the closure of many county clerk offices around the state.[1]

The primary election will be held on May 20, 2014, with a primary runoff scheduled to take place, if needed, on June 10. Arkansas is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[2][3][4]

Two incumbents, Gov. Mike Beebe (D) and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel (D), are barred by term limits from running for re-election to their respective offices. Meanwhile, state law prevents current Treasurer appointee Charles Robinson (D), who replaced former-treasurer Martha Ann Shoffner (D) following arrest on political corruption charges last May, from seeking a full term in 2014.[5]

The Lieutenant Governor's office is currently without an incumbent, since former officeholder Mark Darr (R) vacated the office this past January under threat of impeachment proceedings.[6]

Although eligible for re-election, Arkansas Auditor Charlie Daniels (D) is retiring at the end of his current term.[7]

This leaves only two Arkansas executive incumbents who are seeking re-election this electoral cycle: Secretary of State Mark Martin (R) and State Lands Commissioner John Thurston (R).[8]

The following candidates filed their petitions with the secretary of state before the March 3 deadline and will be competing in the 2014 preferential primary elections or November 4 general election.[9] This list is current as of March 4, 2014 at 5:00am CT.

Governor

Lieutenant Governor

Attorney general

Secretary of State

Treasurer

Auditor

Commissioner of State Lands

See also

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References

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