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Chris Olson
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Former candidate for
Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionMental Healthcare Worker
Campaign website
Chris Olson was the Libertarian nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas in the 2014 elections.[1] He was nominated at the Arkansas Libertarian Party's annual convention on February 22, 2014. Chris Olson lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

Olson is a Libertarian activist. He works in mental healthcare.



See also: Arkansas Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

Olson ran for election to the office of Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas. He was nominated by delegates of the Arkansas Libertarian Party at the party's annual nominating convention on February 22, 2014.[1][2] The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Griffin 57.2% 479,673
     Democratic John Burkhalter 38.6% 324,260
     Libertarian Chris Olson 4.2% 35,257
Total Votes 839,190
Election Results via Arkansas Secretary of State.

Race background

Debate over necessity of lieutenant governor's office

The office of Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas was vacant throughout 2014, raising questions among state legislators and one lieutenant gubernatorial candidate about the need for the office to continue in the future. State Senators Keith Ingram (D) and Jimmy Hickey, Jr. (R) announced plans to seek abolition of the office during the 2015 legislative session. The duo announced the effort in August 2014, citing $450,000 per year in expenses for an office that is solely used as a stop gap if the governor is unable to perform the duties of office. A successful effort in the Arkansas State Legislature would potentially lead to a ballot measure dealing with the office.[3]

Libertarian candidate Chris Olson supported a significantly reduced budget for the office and lobbying the legislature to abolish the position. Tim Griffin (R) and John Burkhalter (D) indicated that they would use the office to support economic growth and vocational education.[3]

Ballot access for political parties
See also: Ballot access requirements in Arkansas

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. 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 3 percent of the votes cast for that office.[4][5]

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 fall 2013, both parties submitted new petitions and were qualified to put candidates on the 2014 ballot.[6][7][8] In order to maintain their status as political parties without needing to petition for the 2016 elections, their candidate for governor needed to receive at least 3 percent of the vote. Frank Gilbert (L) received 1.9 percent of the vote and Josh Drake (G) received 1.1 percent of the vote in the gubernatorial election.[9]


Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas
Poll Tim Griffin (R) John Burkhalter (D)Chris Olson (L)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
August 1-3, 2014
Public Policy Polling
September 18-21, 2014
AVERAGES 41.5% 34% 5% 19.5% +/-2.8 1,259.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to

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