Arkansas state executive official elections, 2014

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Seven state executive positions are up for election in 2014 in the state of Arkansas.

Arkansas has an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.

The following offices will be elected in 2014 in Arkansas:

Ballot access for political parties

See also: Ballot access requirements for political candidates in Arkansas#Process to establish a political party

In Arkansas, the process to establish a political party is tied to the votes cast in a presidential or gubernatorial election. In order to initially put candidates on the ballot, political parties must submit a petition with 10,000 signatures. Then, in order to maintain that status beyond the election year in which they submit such a petition, their candidate for governor or president must receive at least three percent of the votes cast for that office.[1][2]

In 2012, both the Libertarian and Green parties of Arkansas qualified to put candidates on the ballot, but then their candidates did not receive enough votes for the parties to maintain their ballot status. In the fall of 2013, both parties submitted new petitions and were qualified to put candidates on the 2014 ballot.[3][4][5] In order to maintain their status as political parties without needing to petition for the 2016 elections, their candidates for governor must receive at least three percent of the vote.

According to an April 2014 poll, the likelihood of the Libertarian and Green parties to maintain their status in the state may depend on who the Democratic and Republican parties run in the gubernatorial election. If front-runners Republican Asa Hutchinson and Democrat Mike Ross are the candidates, three percent of those polled said they would vote for the Libertarian candidate and two percent said they would vote for the Green Party candidate. If instead Democrat Lynette Bryant ran against Hutchinson, those likely to vote for the Libertarian candidate remained the same while those likely to vote for the Green Party candidate rose to 4.5 percent. If Republican Curtis Coleman ran against Ross, those polled were more likely to vote for both the Libertarian and Green Party candidates when compared to having both front-runners on the ballot. The Libertarian candidate polled four percent and the Green Party candidate polled three percent.[6]

Note: The following list of candidates is not official and will continue to be updated until the 2014 candidate filing deadline. Candidates will be added as we come across them prior to the deadline. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.

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Office Incumbent Assumed Office Incumbent running?
Governor Mike Beebe
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2007 Term-limited
Lieutenant Governor Office currently vacant NA
Secretary of State Mark Martin
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2010 Yes
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel
Dmcdaniel.jpg
2007 Term-limited
Treasurer Charles Robinson
Charles Robinson.jpg
2013 Ineligible
Auditor Charlie Daniels
Charlie Daniels.jpg
2011 No[7]
Commissioner of State Lands John Thurston
John Thurston.jpg
2011 Yes[8]

Governor

Declined/Withdrew

Lieutenant governor

Declined, withdrew, other former candidates

Attorney General

Secretary of State

Down ballot offices

Office Incumbent Assumed Office Incumbent running?
Treasurer Charles Robinson
Charles Robinson.jpg
2013 Ineligible
Auditor Charlie Daniels
Charlie Daniels.jpg
2011 No[39]
Commissioner of State Lands John Thurston
John Thurston.jpg
2011 Yes[40][41]

Deadline Event
November 4 General election

See also

Arkansas

References

  1. Arkansas Code, "Title 7, Section 1-101-21," accessed December 3, 2013
  2. Arkansas House Bill 2036, "An Act To Amend the Law Concerning Certain Procedural Dates In Election; To Amend the Law Concerning Certain Petitions; And For Other Purposes," Approved April 18, 2013
  3. Libertarian Party of Arkansas Website, "History of the Libertarian Party of Arkansas," accessed December 5, 2013
  4. Green Party of Arkansas Website, "Ballot Access," accessed December 5, 2013
  5. Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin, "New Political Party Petition--Green Party," November 6, 2013
  6. UALR Public Radio, "Poll: Ross, Hutchinson In Virtual Dead Heat In Governor’s Race," April 6, 2014
  7. thecitywire.com, "Arkansas’ Charlie Daniels to retire from politics," May 6, 2013
  8. Arkansas News Bureau, "Elvis Presley files for Arkansas Land Commissioner," February 27, 2014
  9. Arkansasonline.com, "Governor's race follow up," February 12, 2013
  10. The Arkansas Times, "Mike Ross pitches for moderate vote in announcing for governor," April 17, 2013
  11. Arkansas Secretary of State, "2014 Preferential Primary Elections & Non Partisan General Election, Candidate Information: Lynette "Doc" Bryant," accessed March 3, 2014
  12. The City Wire, "Asa Hutchinson will run for Governor in 2014," January 4, 2013
  13. Coleman for Arkansas, "Home," accessed April 8, 2013
  14. Times Record, Election 2014: Libertarian Frank Gilbert Announces Bid For Arkansas Governor, October 17, 2013
  15. thv11.com, "Libertarian Party holds annual state convention," February 22, 2014
  16. Independent Political Report, "The Green Party of Arkansas Announces Candidates for Governor and U S Senate," November 23, 2013
  17. Talk Business, "McDaniel Releases Internal Poll: Winning Primary, Trouble in General," December 13, 2012
  18. Arkansasonline, "Darr won’t run for governor in ’14, backs Hutchinson," February 12, 2013
  19. Arkansas Business, "Mike Ross not reconsidering a 2014 run for Arkansas governor," December 26, 2012
  20. Bill Halter for Governor, Opportunities, 29 July, 2013
  21. San Francisco Chronicle, "State Rep. Debra Hobbs running for Arkansas gov.," May 13, 2013
  22. Arkansas News, "Republican candidate switches to lieutenant governor’s race," February 12, 2014
  23. Roll Call, "Tim Griffin to run for Lt. Gov. in Arkansas," February 13, 2014
  24. Andy Mayberry for Lieutenant Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed February 13, 2014
  25. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named ltgov14
  26. Arkansas Times, "John Burkhalter resigns from Highway Commission to focus on lieutenant governor race," October 4, 2013
  27. Christopher Olson for Lieutenant Governor Facebook Page, "Timeline," accessed February 27, 2014
  28. thv11.com, "Libertarian Party holds annual state convention," February 22, 2014
  29. Arkansas Times, "Dianne Curry Joins race for lieutenant governor," June 11, 2013
  30. Charlie Collins for Lieutenant Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed February 13, 2014
  31. Nate Steel Attorney General, "Campaign website," accessed August 12, 2013
  32. Leslie Rutledge, "Campaign website," accessed August 12, 2013
  33. David Sterling Attorney General, "Campaign website," accessed August 12, 2013
  34. Lexington Herald-Leader, "Attorney announces for Arkansas attorney general," January 30, 2014
  35. Talkbusiness.net, "Tolbert: Nation Set To Announce For Attorney General," January 30, 2014
  36. Arkansas Secretary of State, "2014 Preferential Primary Elections & Non Partisan General Election, Aaron Scott Cash," accessed March 3, 2014
  37. Arkansas News, "Democrat announces for secretary of state," May 9, 2013, accessed August 12, 2013
  38. Arkansas Secretary of State, "2014 Preferential Primary Elections & Non Partisan General Election, Candidate Information: Jacob D. Holloway," accessed March 3, 2014
  39. thecitywire.com, "Arkansas’ Charlie Daniels to retire from politics," May 6, 2013
  40. Arkansas News Bureau, "Elvis Presley files for Arkansas Land Commissioner," February 27, 2014
  41. Fox 16, "Ark. candidates already preparing for 2014 races," accessed August 13, 2013