Primary preview: Arkansas state executive elections, 2014

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May 19, 2014

Arkansas

By Maresa Strano

May 19, 2014 Election Preview
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*Arkansas Governor
*Arkansas Attorney General
*Arkansas Treasurer
*Arkansas Auditor
*Arkansas Land Commissioner

Little Rock, Arkansas: Seven state executive positions are up for election in 2014 in the state of Arkansas. Among the seven, a mere two incumbents, Secretary of State Mark Martin (R) and State Lands Commissioner John Thurston (R), are seeking re-election this cycle.[1]

  • 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, current Arkansas Treasurer Charles Robinson (D) is also ineligible to run in 2014. Robinson was appointed to fill in for ex-Arkansas Treasurer Martha Ann Shoffner (D) following her arrest on political corruption charges last May.[2]
  • The lieutenant governor post is currently vacant. Former Lt. Gov. Mark Darr (R) resigned this past January under threat of impeachment proceedings and Gov. Beebe subsequently signed legislation allowing the seat to stay open for the remainder of Darr's unexpired term.[3]
  • Although eligible for re-election, Arkansas Auditor Charlie Daniels (D) is retiring at the end of his current term.[4]

On May 20, 2014, Arkansas voters will nominate candidates from six contested primary fields - five Republican and one Democratic - to move on to the November 4 general election. These include Republican and Democratic primaries for the governor's race, plus Republican primaries for lieutenant governor, attorney general, treasurer and auditor. A primary runoff is 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.[5][6][7] Below, Ballotpedia has put together a preview of those upcoming elections.

In Arkansas, all polling places will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day. When the polls close, if you are in line, you will be permitted to vote.[8]



Arkansas Governor
See also: Arkansas Gubernatorial election, 2014

The Arkansas Gubernatorial election is the only statewide race to warrant both Republican and Democratic contested primaries. Outgoing incumbent Gov. Mike Beebe (D) is ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

Republican Primary
Democratic Primary
General Election Candidates

Arkansas Lieutenant Governor
See also: Arkansas Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

A Republican primary election is being held for Arkansas Lieutenant Governor. The office is currently vacant.

Republican Primary
General Election Candidates

Arkansas Attorney General
See also: Arkansas attorney general election, 2014

A Republican primary election is being held for Arkansas Attorney General. Current incumbent, Democrat Dustin McDaniel, is ineligible for re-election due to term limits.

Republican Primary
General Election Candidates

Arkansas Secretary of State
See also: Arkansas secretary of state election, 2014

There are no contested primaries for the office of Secretary of State. As of May 19, three candidates are lined up for the general election on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Mark Martin (R) is running for re-election. He is unopposed for the Republican nomination, and will face Democrat Susan Inman and Libertarian Jacob Holloway in the general election.[30][31]

General Election Candidates

Arkansas Treasurer
See also: Arkansas down ballot state executive elections, 2014

A Republican primary election is being held for Arkansas Treasurer. Current incumbent, Democrat Charles Robinson, is ineligible for re-election due to the terms of his appointment. The winner will face Democrat Karen Sealy Garcia and Libertarian Chris Hayes in the general election.[34][35]

Republican Primary
General Election Candidates

Arkansas Auditor
See also: Arkansas down ballot state executive elections, 2014

A Republican primary election is being held for Arkansas Auditor. Current incumbent, Democrat Charlie Daniels is retiring.[39] The winner of the Republican primary will face Democrat Regina Stewart Hampton and Libertarian Brian Leach in the general election on November 4.[40][41]

Republican Primary
General Election Candidates

Arkansas Land Commissioner
See also: Arkansas down ballot state executive elections, 2014

There are no contested primaries for the office of Arkansas Land Commissioner. As of May 19, three candidates are lined up for the general election on November 4, 2014.

General Election Candidates

See also

Ballotpedia News

References

  1. Arkansas News Bureau, "Elvis Presley files for Arkansas Land Commissioner," February 27, 2014
  2. Arkansas Business, "Mike Beebe Names Charles Robinson State Treasurer," May 29, 2013
  3. Arkansas Times, "Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr to resign Feb. 1, cites politics, family," January 10, 2014
  4. thecitywire.com, "Arkansas’ Charlie Daniels to retire from politics," May 6, 2013
  5. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  6. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  7. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  8. Arkansas Code, "Title 7, Chapter 5, Subchapter 4," accessed January 3, 2014
  9. The City Wire, "Asa Hutchinson will run for Governor in 2014," January 4, 2013
  10. Coleman for Arkansas, "Home," accessed April 8, 2013
  11. Arkansasonline.com, "Governor's race follow up," February 12, 2013
  12. The Arkansas Times, "Mike Ross pitches for moderate vote in announcing for governor," April 17, 2013
  13. Arkansas Secretary of State, "2014 Preferential Primary Elections & Non Partisan General Election, Candidate Information: Lynette "Doc" Bryant," accessed March 3, 2014
  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. Arkansas News, "Republican candidate switches to lieutenant governor’s race," February 12, 2014
  18. Roll Call, "Tim Griffin to run for Lt. Gov. in Arkansas," February 13, 2014
  19. Andy Mayberry for Lieutenant Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed February 13, 2014
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  21. Arkansas Times, "John Burkhalter resigns from Highway Commission to focus on lieutenant governor race," October 4, 2013
  22. Christopher Olson for Lieutenant Governor Facebook Page, "Timeline," accessed February 27, 2014
  23. thv11.com, "Libertarian Party holds annual state convention," February 22, 2014
  24. Leslie Rutledge, "Campaign website," accessed August 12, 2013
  25. David Sterling Attorney General, "Campaign website," accessed August 12, 2013
  26. Lexington Herald-Leader, "Attorney announces for Arkansas attorney general," January 30, 2014
  27. Talkbusiness.net, "Tolbert: Nation Set To Announce For Attorney General," January 30, 2014
  28. Nate Steel Attorney General, "Campaign website," accessed August 12, 2013
  29. Arkansas Secretary of State, "2014 Preferential Primary Elections & Non Partisan General Election, Aaron Scott Cash," accessed March 3, 2014
  30. Arkansas News, "Democrat announces for secretary of state," May 9, 2013, accessed August 12, 2013
  31. Arkansas Secretary of State, "2014 Preferential Primary Elections & Non Partisan General Election, Candidate Information: Jacob D. Holloway," accessed March 3, 2014
  32. Arkansas News, "Democrat announces for secretary of state," May 9, 2013, accessed August 12, 2013
  33. Arkansas Secretary of State, "2014 Preferential Primary Elections & Non Partisan General Election, Candidate Information: Jacob D. Holloway," accessed March 3, 2014
  34. Arkansas Secretary of State, "2014 Preferential Primary Elections & Non Partisan General Election, Candidate Information: Chris Hayes," accessed March 3, 2014
  35. Arkansas Secretary of State, "2014 Preferential Primary Elections & Non Partisan General Election, Candidate Information: Karen Sealy Garcia," accessed March 3, 2014
  36. 36.0 36.1 Arkansas Times, "Rep. Duncan Baird announces for state treasurer," July 31, 2013, accessed August 12, 2013
  37. Arkansas Secretary of State, "2014 Preferential Primary Elections & Non Partisan General Election, Candidate Information: Karen Sealy Garcia," accessed March 3, 2014
  38. Arkansas Secretary of State, "2014 Preferential Primary Elections & Non Partisan General Election, Candidate Information: Chris Hayes," accessed March 3, 2014
  39. thecitywire.com, "Arkansas’ Charlie Daniels to retire from politics," May 6, 2013
  40. Talk Business Arkansas, "Regina Hampton To Seek State Auditor’s Post," July 7, 2013, accessed August 12, 2013
  41. Arkansas Secretary of State, "2014 Preferential Primary Elections & Non Partisan General Election, Candidate Information: Brian Leach," accessed March 3, 2014
  42. 42.0 42.1 Times Record, "State Representative Announces As Candidate For Arkansas Auditor," July 2, 2013, accessed August 12, 2013
  43. Talk Business Arkansas, "Regina Hampton To Seek State Auditor’s Post," July 7, 2013, accessed August 12, 2013
  44. Arkansas Secretary of State, "2014 Preferential Primary Elections & Non Partisan General Election, Candidate Information: Brian Leach," accessed March 3, 2014
  45. Arkansas Secretary of State, "2014 Preferential Primary Elections & Non Partisan General Election, Candidate Information: Mark A. Robertson," accessed March 3, 2014
  46. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named lands14