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The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was March 1, 2012. The primary election day was May 22, 2012.  
 
The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was March 1, 2012. The primary election day was May 22, 2012.  
  
Although [[Arkansas State Senate|Arkansas senators]] typically serve four-year terms, they are elected to a two-year term during the first election of the decade. Thus, rather than only half of all senators being up for election, all sitting members will be on the ballot in November.
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Although [[Arkansas State Senate|Arkansas senators]] typically serve four-year terms, they are elected to a two-year term during the first election of the decade. Thus, rather than only half of all senators being up for election, all sitting members were on the ballot in November.
 
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Races formed earlier than usual this year as [[Democrats]] attempted to reassert themselves after losing seats in both chambers in 2010.  [[Republicans]] also campaigned early, hoping to gaining control of the legislature.<ref>[http://arkansasnews.com/2011/08/21/races-forming-early-for-control-of-legislature/ ''Arkansasnews.com'', "Races forming early for control of Legislature" August 21, 2011]</ref> Republicans were hoping to capitalize on U.S. President Barack Obama's low approval ratings in Arkansas, while Democrats were likely planning to use their historical advantage in the state and focus on local issues. Control of the legislature will not decide which party is legally the "majority" party in the state, however; that status can only be claimed through winning a majority of the seven constitutional offices in the state, which will be decided again in 2014.<ref>[http://www.thecitywire.com/?q=node/17364 ''The City Wire'', "Battle begun for control of Arkansas Legislature," August 22, 2011]</ref>
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::''See also: [[Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2012]] and [[State legislative elections, 2012]]''
 
::''See also: [[Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2012]] and [[State legislative elections, 2012]]''
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The [[Arkansas State Senate]] has been a term-limited state senate since Arkansas voters approved the [[Arkansas Term Limits Initiative, Amendment 4 (1992)|Arkansas Term Limits Initiative]] in 1992 as an {{icafull}}.
 
The [[Arkansas State Senate]] has been a term-limited state senate since Arkansas voters approved the [[Arkansas Term Limits Initiative, Amendment 4 (1992)|Arkansas Term Limits Initiative]] in 1992 as an {{icafull}}.
  
There are 35 [[Arkansas State Senator]]s, all of whom will be up for re-election in November.  In 2012, 10 of them who are [[:Category:Current members of state senates|current members]], or 28.6% of the total senate seats, (7 [[Democratic]] state senators and 3 [[Republican]] state senators) will be ineligible to run for the senate again in November.
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There are 35 [[Arkansas State Senator]]s, all of whom were up for re-election in November.  In 2012, 10 of them who are [[:Category:Current members of state senates|current members]], or 28.6% of the total senate seats, (7 [[Democratic]] state senators and 3 [[Republican]] state senators) were ineligible to run for the senate again in November.
  
 
In addition to the 10 state senators who are leaving office because of Arkansas's term limits, [[Impact of term limits on state representative elections in 2012#Arkansas|23 state representatives are also termed-out]].
 
In addition to the 10 state senators who are leaving office because of Arkansas's term limits, [[Impact of term limits on state representative elections in 2012#Arkansas|23 state representatives are also termed-out]].
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==List of candidates==
 
==List of candidates==
 
===District 1===
 
===District 1===
Incumbent Republican [[Johnny Key]] is running for re-election in District 17.
 
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:* No candidates filed.
 
:* No candidates filed.
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
:*[[Bart Hester]] 4,506 {{approved}}
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:*[[Bart Hester]]: 4,506 {{approved}}
:*[[Tim Summers]] 3,869 - Summers was first elected to House District 99 in 2008.
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:*[[Tim Summers]]: 3,869
  
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
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===District 2===
 
===District 2===
Incumbent Democrat [[Randy Laverty]] was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.
 
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:* No candidates filed.
 
:* No candidates filed.
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===District 3===
 
===District 3===
Incumbent Republican [[Ruth Whitaker]] was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.
 
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:* No candidates filed.
 
:* No candidates filed.
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
:*[[Cecile Bledsoe]] {{approved}} - Incumbent Bledsoe was first elected to Senate District 8 in 2008.
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:*[[Cecile Bledsoe]] {{approved}} - Incumbent Bledsoe first assumed office in 2009.
  
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
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===District 4===
 
===District 4===
Incumbent Republican [[Michael Lamoureux]] is running for re-election in District 16.
 
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
:*[[Uvalde Lindsey]] {{approved}} - Lindsey was first elected to House District 88 in 2008.
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:*[[Uvalde Lindsey]] {{approved}}
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
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===District 5===
 
===District 5===
Incumbent Democrat [[Stephanie Flowers]] is running for re-election in District 25.
 
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:* No candidates filed.
 
:* No candidates filed.
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
:*[[Bill Coleman]] 3,492
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:*[[Bill Coleman]]: 3,492
:*[[Bryan King]] 3,527 {{approved}}- King was first elected to House District 91 in 2006.
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:*[[Bryan King]]: 3,527 {{approved}}
  
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
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===District 6===
 
===District 6===
Incumbent Republican [[Bruce Holland]] is running for re-election in District 9.
 
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:*[[John Wells]] {{approved}}
 
:*[[John Wells]] {{approved}}
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
:*[[Gary Stubblefield]] {{approved}} - Stubblefield was first elected to House District 67 in 2010.
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:*[[Gary Stubblefield]] {{approved}}
  
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
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===District 7===
 
===District 7===
Incumbent Democrat [[Sue Madison]] was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.
 
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:*[[Diana Gonzales Worthen]] {{approved}}
 
:*[[Diana Gonzales Worthen]] {{approved}}
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
:*[[Bill Pritchard]] 2,613 - Incumbent Pritchard was first elected to Senate District 35 in 2006.
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:*[[Bill Pritchard]]: 2,613 - Incumbent Pritchard first assumed office in 2007.
:*[[Jon Woods]] 2,784 {{approved}} - Woods was first elected to House District 93 in 2006.
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:*[[Jon Woods]]: 2,784 {{approved}}
  
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
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===District 8===
 
===District 8===
Incumbent Republican [[Cecile Bledsoe]] is running for re-election in District 3.
 
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:* No candidates filed.
 
:* No candidates filed.
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
:*[[Jake C. Files]] {{approved}} - Incumbent Files was first elected to Senate District 13 in 2010.
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:*[[Jake C. Files]] {{approved}} - Incumbent Files first assumed office in 2011.
  
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
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===District 9===
 
===District 9===
Incumbent Republican [[Kim Hendren]] was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.
 
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
:*[[Tracy Pennartz]] {{approved}} - Pennartz was first elected to House District 65 in 2006.
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:*[[Tracy Pennartz]] {{approved}}
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
:*[[Rick Green]] 2,201
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:*[[Rick Green]]: 2,201
:*[[Bruce Holland]] 2,438 {{approved}}- Incumbent Holland was first elected to Senate District 6 in 2010.
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:*[[Bruce Holland]]: 2,438 {{approved}}- Incumbent Holland first assumed office in 2011.
  
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
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===District 10===
 
===District 10===
Incumbent Republican [[Missy Thomas Irvin]] is running for re-election in District 18.
 
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
:*[[Larry Teague]] {{approved}} - Incumbent Teague was first elected to Senate District 20 in 2008.
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:*[[Larry Teague]] {{approved}} - Incumbent Teague first assumed office in 2009.
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
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===District 11===
 
===District 11===
Incumbent Democrat [[Robert Thompson, Arkansas Senator|Robert Thompson]] is running for re-election in District 20.
 
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
:*[[Larry Cowling]] 2,996 - Cowling was first elected to House District 2 in 2006.
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:*[[Larry Cowling]]: 2,996
:*[[Steve Harrelson]] 3,613 {{approved}} - Incumbent Harrelson was first elected to Senate District 21 in 2010.
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:*[[Steve Harrelson]]: 3,613 {{approved}} - Incumbent Harrelson first assumed office in 2011.
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
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===District 12===
 
===District 12===
Incumbent Democrat [[David Wyatt]] is running for re-election in District 19.
 
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:*[[Bruce Maloch]] {{approved}}
 
:*[[Bruce Maloch]] {{approved}}
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===District 13===
 
===District 13===
Incumbent Republican [[Jake C. Files]] is running for re-election in District 8.
 
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
:*[[Mike Fletcher]] {{approved}} - Incumbent Fletcher was first elected to Senate District 27 in 2010.
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:*[[Mike Fletcher]] {{approved}} - Incumbent Fletcher first assumed office in 2011.
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
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===District 14===
 
===District 14===
Incumbent Democrat [[Paul Bookout]] is running for re-election in District 21.
 
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:*No candidates filed.
 
:*No candidates filed.
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
:*[[Bill Sample]] {{approved}} - Incumbent Sample was first elected to Senate District 19 in 2010.
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:*[[Bill Sample]] {{approved}} - Incumbent Sample first assumed office in 2011.
  
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
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===District 15===
 
===District 15===
Incumbent Democrat [[David Burnett]] is running for re-election in District 22.
 
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:*[[Johnny Hoyt]] {{approved}}
 
:*[[Johnny Hoyt]] {{approved}}
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
:*[[Ed Garner]] 2,196 - Garner was first elected to House District 41 in 2006.
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:*[[Ed Garner]]: 2,196
:*[[David J. Sanders]] 2,413 {{approved}}- Sanders was first elected to House District 31 in 2010.
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:*[[David J. Sanders]]: 2,413 {{approved}}
  
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
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===District 16===
 
===District 16===
Incumbent Democrat [[Jack Crumbly]] is running for re-election in District 24.
 
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:*No candidates filed.
 
:*No candidates filed.
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
:*[[Michael Lamoureux]] {{approved}} - Incumbent Lamoureux was first elected to Senate District 4 in 2009.
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:*[[Michael Lamoureux]] {{approved}} - Incumbent Lamoureux first assumed office in 2009.
  
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
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===District 17===
 
===District 17===
Incumbent Democrat [[James Luker]] was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.
 
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:* No candidates filed.
 
:* No candidates filed.
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
:*[[Johnny Key]] {{approved}} - Incumbent Key was first elected to Senate District 1 in 2008.
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:*[[Johnny Key]] {{approved}} - Incumbent Key first assumed office in 2009.
  
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
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===District 18===
 
===District 18===
Incumbent Republican [[Jason Rapert]] is running for re-election in District 35.
 
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:*[[William White]] {{approved}}
 
:*[[William White]] {{approved}}
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
:*[[Missy Thomas Irvin]] {{approved}} - Incumbent Irvin was first elected to Senate District 10 in 2010.
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:*[[Missy Thomas Irvin]] {{approved}} - Incumbent Irvin first assumed office in 2011.
  
 
:{{greydot}} <u>'''May 22 Independent primary:</u>
 
:{{greydot}} <u>'''May 22 Independent primary:</u>
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===District 19===
 
===District 19===
Incumbent Republican [[Bill Sample]] is running for re-election in District 14.
 
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
:*[[David Wyatt]] {{approved}}- Incumbent Wyatt was first elected to Senate District 12 in 2008.
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:*[[David Wyatt]] {{approved}} Incumbent Wyatt first assumed office in 2009.
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
:*[[Linda Collins-Smith]] {{approved}}- Collins-Smith was first elected to House District 80 in 2010.
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:*[[Linda Collins-Smith]] {{approved}}
  
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
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===District 20===
 
===District 20===
Incumbent Democrat [[Larry Teague]] is running for re-election in District 10.
 
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
:*[[Robert Thompson, Arkansas Senator|Robert Thompson]] {{approved}} - Incumbent Thompson was first elected to Senate District 11 in 2006.
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:*[[Robert Thompson, Arkansas Senator|Robert Thompson]] {{approved}} - Incumbent Thompson first assumed office in 2007..
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
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===District 21===
 
===District 21===
Incumbent Democrat [[Steve Harrelson]] is running for re-election in District 11.
 
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
:*[[Paul Bookout]] {{approved}} - Incumbent Bookout was first elected to Senate District 14 in 2006.
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:*[[Paul Bookout]] {{approved}} - Incumbent Bookout first assumed office in 2007.
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
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===District 22===
 
===District 22===
Incumbent Republican [[Jeremy Hutchinson]] is running for re-election in District 33.
 
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
:*[[David Burnett]] {{approved}} - Incumbent Burnett was first elected to Senate District 15 in 2010.
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:*[[David Burnett]] {{approved}} - Incumbent Burnett first assumed office in 2011.
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
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===District 23===
 
===District 23===
Incumbent Democrat [[Jerry Taylor]] did not seek re-election in 2012.
 
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
:*[[Jerry Brown, Arkansas Representative|Jerry Brown]] {{approved}} - Brown was first elected to House District 57 in 2006.
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:*[[Jerry Brown, Arkansas Representative|Jerry Brown]] {{approved}}
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
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===District 24===
 
===District 24===
Incumbent Democrat [[Jimmy Jeffress]] was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.
 
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
:*[[Jack Crumbly]] 3,986 - Incumbent Crumbly was first elected to Senate District 16 in 2006.
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:*[[Jack Crumbly]]: 3,986 - Incumbent Crumbly first assumed office in 2007.
:*[[Keith Ingram]] 6,119 {{approved}} - Ingram was first elected to House District 53 in 2008.
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:*[[Keith Ingram]]: 6,119 {{approved}}
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
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===District 25===
 
===District 25===
Incumbent Democrat [[Gene Jeffress]] was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits and is instead running for U.S. Congress.
 
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
:*[[Efrem Elliott]] 3,345 - Elliott was first elected to House District 11 in 2010.
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:*[[Efrem Elliott]]: 3,345
:*[[Stephanie Flowers]] 4,718 {{approved}} - Incumbent Flowers was first elected to Senate District 5 in 2010.
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:*[[Stephanie Flowers]]: 4,718 {{approved}} - Incumbent Flowers was first assumed office in 2011.
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
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===District 26===
 
===District 26===
Incumbent Democrat [[Percy Malone]] was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.
 
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
:*[[Johnnie Bolin]] 3,245
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:*[[Johnnie Bolin]]: 3,245
:*[[Eddie Cheatham]] 4,157 {{approved}}
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:*[[Eddie Cheatham]]: 4,157 {{approved}}
:*[[Gregg Reep]] 4,058 {{approved}}
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:*[[Gregg Reep]]: 4,058 {{approved}}
  
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''June 12 Democratic primary runoff:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''June 12 Democratic primary runoff:</u>
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===District 27===
 
===District 27===
Incumbent Democrat [[Mike Fletcher]] is running for re-election in District 13.
 
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
:*[[Bobby Pierce]] 3,648 {{approved}} - Pierce was first elected to House District 19 in 2006.
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:*[[Bobby Pierce]]: 3,648 {{approved}}
:*[[Garry Smith, Arkansas Representative|Garry Smith]] 3,350 - Smith was first elected to House District 7 in 2008.
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:*[[Garry Smith, Arkansas Representative|Garry Smith]]: 3,350
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
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===District 28===
 
===District 28===
Incumbent Republican [[Eddie Joe Williams]] is running for re-election in District 29.
 
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
:*[[Tiffany Rogers]] {{approved}} - Rogers was first elected to House District 14 in 2008.
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:*[[Tiffany Rogers]] {{approved}}
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
:*[[Jonathan Dismang]] {{approved}} - Incumbent Dismang was first elected to Senate District 29 in 2010.
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:*[[Jonathan Dismang]] {{approved}} - Incumbent Dismang first assumed office in 2011.
  
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
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===District 29===
 
===District 29===
Incumbent Republican [[Jonathan Dismang]] is running for re-election in District 28.
 
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:* No candidates filed.
 
:* No candidates filed.
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
:*[[Eddie Joe Williams]] {{approved}} - Incumbent Williams was first elected to Senate District 28 in 2010.
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:*[[Eddie Joe Williams]] {{approved}} - Incumbent Williams first assumed office in 2011.
  
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
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===District 30===
 
===District 30===
Incumbent Republican [[Gilbert Baker]] was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.
 
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
:*[[Linda Pondexter Chesterfield]] {{approved}} - Incumbent Chesterfield was first elected to Senate District 34 in 2010.
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:*[[Linda Pondexter Chesterfield]] {{approved}} - Incumbent Chesterfield first assumed office in 2011.
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
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===District 31===
 
===District 31===
Incumbent Democrat [[Mary Salmon]] was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.
 
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
:*[[Joyce Elliott]] 3,963 {{approved}} - Incumbent Elliott was first elected to Senate District 33 in 2008.
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:*[[Joyce Elliott]]: 3,963 {{approved}} - Incumbent Elliott first assumed office in 2009.
:*[[Fred Allen]] 2,362 - Allen was first elected to House District 33 in 2006.
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:*[[Fred Allen]]: 2,362
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
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===District 32===
 
===District 32===
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
:*[[David Johnson (Arkansas legislator)|David Johnson]] {{approved}} - Incumbent Johnson was first elected in 2008.
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:*[[David Johnson (Arkansas legislator)|David Johnson]] {{approved}} - Incumbent Johnson first assumed office in 2009.
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
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===District 33===
 
===District 33===
Incumbent Democrat [[Joyce Elliott]] is running for re-election in District 31.
 
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''May 22 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:* No candidates filed.
 
:* No candidates filed.
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''May 22 GOP primary:</u>
:*[[Jeremy Hutchinson]] {{approved}} - Incumbent Hutchinson was first elected to Senate District 22 in 2010.
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:*[[Jeremy Hutchinson]] {{approved}} - Incumbent Hutchinson first assumed office in 2011.
  
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
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===District 34===
 
===District 34===
Incumbent Democrat [[Linda Pondexter Chesterfield]] is running for re-election in District 30.
 
 
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Arkansas State Senate elections, 2012

Majority controlCampaign contributions
QualificationsTerm limitsImpact of Redistricting

State Legislative Election Results

List of candidates
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Arkansas State Senate2012 Arkansas House Elections
Elections for the office of Arkansas State Senate were held in Arkansas on November 6, 2012. A total of 35 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was March 1, 2012. The primary election day was May 22, 2012.

Although Arkansas senators typically serve four-year terms, they are elected to a two-year term during the first election of the decade. Thus, rather than only half of all senators being up for election, all sitting members were on the ballot in November.

See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2012 and State legislative elections, 2012

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the Arkansas State Senate:

Arkansas State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 20 14
     Republican Party 15 21
Total 35 35

Incumbents retiring

Name Party Current office
Gene Jeffress Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 25
Gilbert Baker Ends.png Republican Senate District 30
James Luker Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 17
Jerry Taylor Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 23
Jimmy Jeffress Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 24
Kim Hendren Ends.png Republican Senate District 9
Mary Salmon Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 31
Percy Malone Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 26
Randy Laverty Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 2
Ruth Whitaker Ends.png Republican Senate District 3
Sue Madison Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 7

Term limits

Mary Salmon has represented District 31 of the Arkansas State Senate since 2003.
See also State legislatures with term limits, and Impact of term limits on state senate elections in 2012

The Arkansas State Senate has been a term-limited state senate since Arkansas voters approved the Arkansas Term Limits Initiative in 1992 as an initiated constitutional amendment.

There are 35 Arkansas State Senators, all of whom were up for re-election in November. In 2012, 10 of them who are current members, or 28.6% of the total senate seats, (7 Democratic state senators and 3 Republican state senators) were ineligible to run for the senate again in November.

In addition to the 10 state senators who are leaving office because of Arkansas's term limits, 23 state representatives are also termed-out.

Democrats (7):

Republicans (3):

Impact of redistricting

Governor Mike Beebe's redistricting maps were approved 2-1 in August 2011. Democrats Beebe and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel voted yes, while Republican Secretary of State Mark Martin did not approve. Martin and others have criticized the maps' impacts on the representative districts of the Arkansas House of Representatives. Beebe's map reduces the number of districts with an African American majority from 13 to 11 and pits four pairs of incumbents against each other in 2012. Martin's map would have increased the number of districts with an African American majority to 15 and would have only paired 3 sets of incumbents in 2012. Senator Hank Wilkins defended the current maps, claiming "In order for us to keep three districts (in southeastern Arkansas), in essence the percentage of African-Americans would be so low that in my mind we would not really have majority-minority districts. "We'd have districts that, conceivably we could lose all three African-Americans (in the House), and I was not willing to take that chance."[1]

Redistricting has lesser impacts in the Arkansas State Senate, maintaining the current number of African American dominated districts at four. It also pairs no incumbents against each other in 2012.[1]

Campaign contributions

See also: State-by-state comparison of donations to state senate campaigns

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state senate in Arkansas in past years and the cumulative amount of campaign contributions in state senate races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[2]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2010 38 $3,771,126
2008 23 $2,251,735
2006 27 $1,546,556
2004 26 $1,250,204
2002 64 $2,693,862

In 2010, candidates running for senate raised a total of $3,771,126 in campaign funds. Their top 10 contributors were: [3]

Donor Amount
Greenberg, Daniel $185,638
Cowling, Ken $133,512
Arkansas Health Care Association $113,000
Medley, Jim $55,800
Stephens Group $51,250
Arkansas State Farm Insurance $39,500
Arkansas Realtors Association $38,500
Harrison, Barrett E $34,500
Morton, Michael S $29,000
Harrelson, Steve $28,500

Qualifications

Article 5, Section 4 of the Arkansas Constitution states: No person shall be a Senator or Representative who, at the time of his election, is not a citizen of the United States, nor any one who has not been for two years next preceding his election, a resident of this State, and for one year next preceding his election, a resident of the county or district whence he may be chosen. Senators shall be at least twenty-five years of age, and Representatives at least twenty-one years of age.

List of candidates

District 1

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

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District 2

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

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District 3

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

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District 4

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

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District 5

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

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District 6

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

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District 7

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

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District 8

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • Jake C. Files Approveda - Incumbent Files first assumed office in 2011.

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District 9

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

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District 10

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • Larry Teague Approveda - Incumbent Teague first assumed office in 2009.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

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District 11

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

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District 12

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

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District 13

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • Mike Fletcher Approveda - Incumbent Fletcher first assumed office in 2011.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
Libertarian Party May 22 Libertarian primary:

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District 14

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • Bill Sample Approveda - Incumbent Sample first assumed office in 2011.

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District 15

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

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District 16

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

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District 17

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • Johnny Key Approveda - Incumbent Key first assumed office in 2009.

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District 18

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
Independent May 22 Independent primary:

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District 19

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • David Wyatt Approveda Incumbent Wyatt first assumed office in 2009.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

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District 20

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

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District 21

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • Paul Bookout Approveda - Incumbent Bookout first assumed office in 2007.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

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District 22

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • David Burnett Approveda - Incumbent Burnett first assumed office in 2011.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

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District 23

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

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Note: Tommy Caubble passed away in early July. The Republican Party chose Caldwell to run in his place.[4]

District 24

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

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District 25

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidate:

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District 26

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary runoff:
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

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District 27

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

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District 28

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

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District 29

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

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District 30

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

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District 31

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Libertarian Party May 22 Libertarian primary:

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District 32

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • David Johnson Approveda - Incumbent Johnson first assumed office in 2009.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

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District 33

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

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District 34

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

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District 35

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • Jason Rapert Approveda - Incumbent Rapert first assumed office in 2011.

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See also

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