Fred Smith (Arkansas Representative)

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Fred Smith
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Arkansas House of Representatives District 50
Incumbent
In office
January 14, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyGreen Party
Compensation
Base salary$15,869/year
Per diem$148/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Arkansas House of Representatives
January 10, 2011-January 26, 2011
Personal
ProfessionFormer Harlem Globetrotter
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Frederick "Fred" Smith is a Green Party member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, representing District 50. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Smith was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the Arkansas House of Representatives, District 50, before being disqualified from the primary ballot by Judge Mary McGowan in April 2012.[1] He was previously a Democratic member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, representing the 54th District from January 10 to January 26, 2011. He resigned after being found guilty of theft.[2]

Biography

Smith's professional experience includes playing for the Harlem Globetrotters.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Smith served on the following committees:

Arkansas Committee Assignments, 2013
Public Transportation
Aging, Children and Youth, Legislative and Military Affairs
Legislative Joint Auditing
Advanced Communications and Information Technology, Alternate
Joint Advanced Communications and Information Technology, Alternate

Elections

2014

See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arkansas House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 20, 2014; a runoff election will take place where necessary on June 10, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 3, 2014. Milton Nicks, Jr. defeated incumbent Fred Smith in the Democratic primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[3][4]

Arkansas House of Representatives, District 50 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMilton Nicks, Jr. 67.1% 1,109
Fred Smith Incumbent 32.9% 544
Total Votes 1,653

2012

See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Smith won election in the 2012 election for Arkansas House, District 50. Smith would have faced District 54 incumbent Hudson Hallum in the May 22 Democratic primary but was removed from the Democratic primary ballot in April 2012.[1][5][6] However, Smith got on the ballot as a Green Party candidate.[7]

Smith was unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012. Smith was set to face Hallum, who withdrew from the race and resigned his seat on September 5, 2012 after pleading guilty to election fraud.[8] Hallum remained on the general election ballot, but an Election Day court order rendered him ineligible with no votes to be counted for him, leaving Smith effectively unopposed.[9] [10]

Ballot challenge

The Democratic Party sued to get Smith thrown off of the ballot, arguing that he was ineligible because he was a convicted felon. A judge dismissed the felony case on March 15, saying that Smith had complied with the conditions of the sentence.[11]. A hearing was held on April 5 to settle the matter. Judge Mary McGowan removed Smith from the ballot.[1][12]

2010

See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Smith defeated James Pulliaum, D'James Rogers, II and Gary Tobar in the May 18, 2010 primary. He then won uncontested in the November 2 general election.[13][14]

Arkansas House of Representatives, District 54 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Fred Smith (D) 1,032
Green check mark transparent.png James Pulliaum (D) 693
Gary Tobar (D) 493
D'James Rogers, II (D) 410
Arkansas House of Representatives, District 54 Dem Primary Runoff (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Fred Smith (D) 979
James Pulliaum (D) 852

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Smith is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Smith raised a total of $7,050 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 8, 2013.[15]

Fred Smith's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arkansas State House, District 50 Won $1,500
2010 Arkansas State House, District 54 Won $5,550
Grand Total Raised $7,050

2012

Smith won re-election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $1,500.
Arkansas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Fred Smith (Arkansas Representative)'s campaign in 2012
Arkansas Healthcare Association$1,000
Entergy$250
At&T Arkansas Pac$250
Total Raised in 2012$1,500
Source:[d Follow the Money]

2010

Smith won election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $5,550.
Arkansas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Fred Smith (Arkansas Representative)'s campaign in 2012
Arkansas Healthcare Association$1,000
Stephens Group$750
Arkansas Dental Association$500
Wal-Mart$500
Bnsf Railway$500
Total Raised in 2012$5,550
Source:Follow the Money

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Arkansas

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2013

In 2013, the 89th Arkansas State Legislature was in session from January 14 through May 17.[16]

Personal

Smith has three children.[17]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Biviano (R)
Arkansas House District 50
2013–Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Otis Davis
Arkansas House District 54
2011–2011
Succeeded by
Hudson Hallum