Patrick Hays

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Patrick Hays
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, Arkansas, District 2
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor, North Little Rock
Arkansas House of Representatives, District 66
Education
High schoolNorth Little Rock High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Arkansas at Fayetteville
J.D.University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army Reserves
Websites
Campaign website
Patrick Hays campaign logo
Patrick Hays was a 2014 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 2nd Congressional District of Arkansas.[1] Patrick Hays lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

Biography

Hays earned his undergraduate and law degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He then served as an assistant city attorney for North Little Rock. Hays served six terms as Mayor of North Little Rock Arkansas. After his terms as mayor, Hays served as Chief Legal Counsel for the Arkansas Secretary of State. He also served in the Arkansas House of Representatives, representing District 66.[2]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Hays' campaign website listed the following issues:[3]

  • Creating Jobs: "As Mayor of North Little Rock, Patrick Henry Hays cut wasteful spending and used the savings to grow the economy and create jobs. Hays championed the construction of Verizon Arena, Dickey-Stephens Ballpark, and attracted Caterpillar’s new factory to North Little Rock – creating hundreds of local jobs."
  • Cutting Federal Spending: "The skyrocketing national debt is unacceptable. Washington needs to learn how to balance its budget the same way we do. As Mayor of North Little Rock, Patrick Henry Hays balanced 24 city budgets, slashed the city’s debt, and cut wasteful spending. That’s how Hays transformed North Little Rock into an engine of economic growth."
  • Honoring Our Veterans: "Patrick Henry Hays served in the United States Army Reserves, reaching the rank of Captain. In Washington, Hays will fight for the 67,000 veterans who have served our nation with distinction and call Arkansas’ Second Congressional District home."
  • Protecting our Agriculture Economy: "Agriculture is the backbone of Arkansas’ economy – and it’s an essential part of our way of life. One in six jobs in our state come from agriculture. That’s why Patrick Henry Hays is fighting to protect our farmers, ranchers, cattlemen, and loggers."
  • Keeping our Nation Safe: "The United States government’s first and foremost responsibility is to keep Americans safe from foreign and domestic threats. In Congress, Patrick Henry Hays will keep our military strong, invest in our capacity to fight terrorism at home and abroad, and encourage investment in renewable energy sources that will make our country energy independent. "

[4]

—Patrick Hays' campaign website, http://patrickhenryhays.com/page/issues

Elections

2014

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See also: Arkansas's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Hays ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Arkansas's 2nd District. Hays ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination in the primary on May 20, 2014. He was defeated by French Hill (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[5]

U.S. House, Arkansas District 2 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngFrench Hill 51.9% 123,073
     Democratic Patrick Hays 43.6% 103,477
     Libertarian Debbie Standiford 4.5% 10,590
     N/A Write-in 0.1% 190
Total Votes 237,330
Source: Arkansas Secretary of State

Endorsements

Former President Bill Clinton headlined a fundraiser for Hays on April 6, 2014.[6]

Campaign donors

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Hays' reports.

Pat Hays (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[7]January 31, 2013$0$231,097$(18,573)$212,523
April Quarterly[8]April 15, 2014$212,523$353,988$(94,845)$471,667
Pre-Primary[9]May 8, 2014$471,667$63,615$(27,233)$508,049
July Quarterly[10]July 15, 2014$508,049$230,735$(117,987)$620,797
October Quarterly[11]October 15, 2014$620,797$401,033$(667,516)$354,314
Running totals
$1,280,468$(926,154)

Personal

Hays and his wife, Linda, have one daughter and three grandchildren.[2]

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