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{{Arelecbanner14}}{{ardowntoc14}}{{tnr}}'''Three down ballot state executive positions''' are up for election in the state of [[Arkansas]] in 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014.
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{{Arelecbanner14}}{{ardowntoc14}}'''Three down ballot state executive positions''' {{2014are}} up for election in the state of [[Arkansas]] in 2014. The three down ballot races on the ballot in 2014 {{2014are}} the [[Arkansas Treasurer]], the [[Arkansas Auditor]] and the [[Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands]]. {{Nov2014genelection}}
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[[John Thurston|Commissioner of State Lands John Thurston]] (R) was the lone incumbent to run for re-election among these down ballot offices. [[Charles Robinson]] (D) was appointed in 2013 to replace [[Martha Ann Shoffner]] (D) and {{2014is}} ineligible to seek a full term in the treasurer's office. [[Charlie Daniels]] (D) did not file for re-election in 2014, leaving the state auditor's office open to a new officeholder.
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==Treasurer==
 
==Treasurer==
===Current incumbent===
 
*[[Charles Robinson]] ''(Ineligible)''
 
 
===Candidates===
 
===Candidates===
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===General election===
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{{reddot}} [[Dennis Milligan]] - Saline County Circuit Clerk<ref name=Baird/>{{won}}<br>
 
{{bluedot}} [[Karen Sealy Garcia]]<ref>[https://www.ark.org/arelections/index.php?ac:show:cand_search=1&candid=17770 ''Arkansas Secretary of State,'' "2014 Preferential Primary Elections & Non Partisan General Election, Candidate Information: Karen Sealy Garcia," accessed March 3, 2014]</ref><br>
 
{{bluedot}} [[Karen Sealy Garcia]]<ref>[https://www.ark.org/arelections/index.php?ac:show:cand_search=1&candid=17770 ''Arkansas Secretary of State,'' "2014 Preferential Primary Elections & Non Partisan General Election, Candidate Information: Karen Sealy Garcia," accessed March 3, 2014]</ref><br>
{{reddot}} [[Duncan Baird]] - District 96 Representative in the [[Arkansas House of Representatives]]<ref name=Baird>[http://www.arktimes.com/ArkansasBlog/archives/2013/07/31/rep-duncan-baird-announces-for-state-treasurer ''Arkansas Times,'' "Rep. Duncan Baird announces for state treasurer," July 31, 2013, accessed August 12, 2013]</ref><br>
 
{{reddot}} [[Dennis Milligan]] - Saline County Circuit Clerk<ref name=Baird/><br>
 
 
{{yellowdot}} [[Chris Hayes]]<ref>[https://www.ark.org/arelections/index.php?ac:show:cand_search=1&candid=17352 ''Arkansas Secretary of State,'' "2014 Preferential Primary Elections & Non Partisan General Election, Candidate Information: Chris Hayes," accessed March 3, 2014]</ref><br>
 
{{yellowdot}} [[Chris Hayes]]<ref>[https://www.ark.org/arelections/index.php?ac:show:cand_search=1&candid=17352 ''Arkansas Secretary of State,'' "2014 Preferential Primary Elections & Non Partisan General Election, Candidate Information: Chris Hayes," accessed March 3, 2014]</ref><br>
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===Ineligible to run===
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{{bluedot}}[[Charles Robinson]] - ''Incumbent''<br>
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===Lost in the primary===
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{{reddot}} [[Duncan Baird]] - District 96 Representative in the [[Arkansas House of Representatives]]<ref name=Baird>[http://www.arktimes.com/ArkansasBlog/archives/2013/07/31/rep-duncan-baird-announces-for-state-treasurer ''Arkansas Times,'' "Rep. Duncan Baird announces for state treasurer," July 31, 2013, accessed August 12, 2013]</ref><br>
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===Results===
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====General election====
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====Primary election====
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=====Republican primary=====
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{{ARRepPrimaryTreas2014electbox}}
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=====Democratic primary=====
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* ''Uncontested''
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===Duties===
 
===Duties===
The office of treasurer acts as the state's "bank"; it accepts and processes all receipts in the form of taxes, fees and other payments to the state, and disburses that money from over 400 fund accounts to over 200 state agencies. In fiscal year 2010, the treasurer's office processed $16.2 billion in receipts and $16.4 billion in state warrants (outlays). The treasurer is also responsible for providing state aid to local governments, which amounted to $1.3 billion in FY 2010. It also supervises the $894 million Arkansas state investment fund, which earned $43.6 million in interest in 2010. The treasurer makes a report "to the governor every biennium on the condition of the treasury and its operations."<ref>[http://www.artreasury.gov/?page_id=2 ''Arkansas State Treasury'', "About," accessed June 17, 2011.]</ref>
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The office of treasurer acts as the state's "bank;" it accepts and processes all receipts in the form of taxes, fees and other payments to the state, and disburses that money from over 400 fund accounts to over 200 state agencies. In fiscal year 2010, the treasurer's office processed $16.2 billion in receipts and $16.4 billion in state warrants (outlays). The treasurer is also responsible for providing state aid to local governments, which amounted to $1.3 billion in FY 2010. It also supervises the $894 million Arkansas state investment fund, which earned $43.6 million in interest in 2010. The treasurer makes a report "to the governor every biennium on the condition of the treasury and its operations."<ref>[http://www.artreasury.gov/?page_id=2 ''Arkansas State Treasury'', "About," accessed June 17, 2011]</ref>
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===Campaign themes===
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All three candidates for treasurer participated in a question-and-answer session with the ''Times Record.'' The following sections quote their responses to the publication's question about their qualifications for the office.
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====[[Karen Sealy Garcia]]====
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As a certified public accountant, I’m the only candidate with the right kind of experience to protect the taxpayers’ money. As a “no-nonsense” accountant, I’ll reform the office by implementing new financial controls to avoid the embarrassments of the last person elected to this office. Unfortunately my opponent, Dennis Milligan, has a long track record of unethical and embarrassing behavior. Arkansas can’t afford to have Milligan’s embarrassing antics in the state treasurer’s office. From his being caught blackmailing a state representative at a Krispy Kreme doughnut shop, to costing the taxpayers $90,000 due to his incompetent management, Dennis Milligan has proven that he can’t be trusted with taxpayers’ money. Arkansans can’t afford to go from a Pie Box to a Doughnut Box. As state treasurer, I’ll protect the taxpayers’ money, make sound financial investments and restore the public’s trust. (Editor’s note: Milligan has not been charged with blackmail or any other crime.)
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|author=''Times Record,'' (2014)
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|source=<ref name=treas>[http://swtimes.com/elections/election-qa-garcia-hayes-milligan-seek-arkansas-treasurer-s-post ''Times Record,'' "Election Q&A: Garcia, Hayes, Milligan Seek Arkansas Treasurer’s Post," October 26, 2014]</ref>
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====[[Chris Hayes]]====
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I am the best candidate to answer to the people, without baggage of owing political favors to any party, thus insuring the integrity of the office of treasurer. Libertarians are quite independent thinking, but agree less government is by far better on those governed. Make real changes in Arkansas: Stop spending a two sided coin. Vote Chris Hayes treasurer.
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|author=''Times Record,'' (2014)
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|source=<ref name=treas/>
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====[[Dennis Milligan]]====
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The state treasurer’s office has been in one political party’s control since Reconstruction. It’s time this position had a new occupant that will approach it from a fresh perspective. The people — not a political party — should be in control of this office. The simple truth is, I come from the private sector that is extremely customer service orientated. Voters want accountability, results and common sense solutions all done within a spending discipline. I have the business background and experience to implement these principles and deliver them with no excuses. I have been blessed with success in my professional business life. I am running for this office because — like a lot of Arkansans — I was sickened by the corruption that occurred under Shoffner. I am not running for this office to further a political party’s desires or financially enrich myself, but to restore trust and integrity.
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|author=''Times Record,'' (2014)
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|source=<ref name=treas/>
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==Auditor==
 
==Auditor==
===Current incumbent===
 
*{{bluedot}} [[Charlie Daniels]] ''(retiring)''<ref>[http://www.thecitywire.com/node/27697#.UZEPN4a6Sjs ''thecitywire.com'', "Arkansas’ Charlie Daniels to retire from politics," May 6, 2013]</ref>
 
 
===Candidates===
 
===Candidates===
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====General election====
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{{reddot}} [[Andrea Lea]] - District 71 Representative in the [[Arkansas House of Representatives]] {{won}}<ref name=learun>[http://swtimes.com/sections/news/politics/state-representative-announces-candidate-arkansas-auditor.html ''Times Record,'' "State Representative Announces As Candidate For Arkansas Auditor," July 2, 2013, accessed August 12, 2013]</ref><br>
 
{{bluedot}} [[Regina Stewart Hampton]] - State Auditor's Office Employee in the Unclaimed Property Division<ref>[http://talkbusiness.net/2013/07/regina-hampton-to-seek-state-auditors-post/ ''Talk Business Arkansas,'' "Regina Hampton To Seek State Auditor’s Post," July 7, 2013, accessed August 12, 2013]</ref><br>
 
{{bluedot}} [[Regina Stewart Hampton]] - State Auditor's Office Employee in the Unclaimed Property Division<ref>[http://talkbusiness.net/2013/07/regina-hampton-to-seek-state-auditors-post/ ''Talk Business Arkansas,'' "Regina Hampton To Seek State Auditor’s Post," July 7, 2013, accessed August 12, 2013]</ref><br>
{{reddot}} [[Andrea Lea]] - District 71 Representative in the [[Arkansas House of Representatives]]<ref name=learun>[http://swtimes.com/sections/news/politics/state-representative-announces-candidate-arkansas-auditor.html ''Times Record,'' "State Representative Announces As Candidate For Arkansas Auditor," July 2, 2013, accessed August 12, 2013]</ref><br>
 
{{reddot}} [[Ken Yang]] - former campaign manager for [[Mark Martin|Mark Martin's]] election to [[Arkansas Secretary of State]]<ref name=learun/><br>
 
 
{{yellowdot}} [[Brian Leach]]<ref>[https://www.ark.org/arelections/index.php?ac:show:cand_search=1&candid=17798 ''Arkansas Secretary of State,'' "2014 Preferential Primary Elections & Non Partisan General Election, Candidate Information: Brian Leach," accessed March 3, 2014]</ref><br>
 
{{yellowdot}} [[Brian Leach]]<ref>[https://www.ark.org/arelections/index.php?ac:show:cand_search=1&candid=17798 ''Arkansas Secretary of State,'' "2014 Preferential Primary Elections & Non Partisan General Election, Candidate Information: Brian Leach," accessed March 3, 2014]</ref><br>
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====Retiring====
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{{bluedot}} [[Charlie Daniels]] - ''Incumbent''<ref>[http://www.thecitywire.com/node/27697#.UZEPN4a6Sjs ''thecitywire.com'', "Arkansas’ Charlie Daniels to retire from politics," May 6, 2013]</ref><br>
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====Lost in the primary====
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{{reddot}} [[Ken Yang]] - former campaign manager for [[Mark Martin|Mark Martin's]] election to [[Arkansas Secretary of State]]<ref name=learun/><br>
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===Results===
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====General election====
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{{ARAudit2014GeneralResults}}
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====Primary election====
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=====Republican primary=====
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{{ARRepPrimaryAudit2014electbox}}
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=====Democratic primary=====
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* ''Uncontested''
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===Duties===
 
===Duties===
 
The auditor acts as the state's general accountant and supervises "all fund and appropriation balances of all state agencies,"<ref name="General"/> in addition to writing the warrants, or checks, used to pay the state's liabilities. The auditor's office ensures the solvency of each state agency and "makes sure each agency appropriation has a sufficient balance before the warrants are released."<ref name="General"/> It also acts as disbursing officer for some federal funds destined for state judicial or legislative actors, including judges, the [[Arkansas House of Representatives|House of Representatives]] and the [[Arkansas Senate|Senate]].
 
The auditor acts as the state's general accountant and supervises "all fund and appropriation balances of all state agencies,"<ref name="General"/> in addition to writing the warrants, or checks, used to pay the state's liabilities. The auditor's office ensures the solvency of each state agency and "makes sure each agency appropriation has a sufficient balance before the warrants are released."<ref name="General"/> It also acts as disbursing officer for some federal funds destined for state judicial or legislative actors, including judges, the [[Arkansas House of Representatives|House of Representatives]] and the [[Arkansas Senate|Senate]].
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In addition to his or her other duties, the auditor also manages the state's unclaimed property division; it holds such property for three years before depositing that property in the state's general fund.
 
In addition to his or her other duties, the auditor also manages the state's unclaimed property division; it holds such property for three years before depositing that property in the state's general fund.
  
==Commissioner of State Lands==
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===Campaign themes===
===Current incumbent===
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All three candidates for auditor participated in a question-and-answer session with the ''Times Record.'' The following sections quote their responses to the publication's question about their qualifications for the office.
*{{reddot}} [[John Thurston]]<ref>[http://www.fox16.com/news/story/Ark-candidates-already-preparing-for-2014-races/3eCakrKHPU2IGKsLlp40Yg.cspx ''Fox 16,'' "Ark. candidates already preparing for 2014 races," accessed August 13, 2013]</ref>
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====[[Regina Stewart Hampton]]====
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{{quote|
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EXPERIENCE MATTERS!! As the only candidate in this race with any actual experience in the auditor’s office I am the most qualified. I have served the public for 13 years with full transparency. My morals and ethics are beyond reproach. I am not a politician, nor do I plan to become one. I am a servant leader. The last three state auditors have all served with distinction and all three endorse my candidacy. I am grateful for their support. As the wife of a Methodist minister, I believe my faith and my values are more closely aligned with the average Arkansan. My faith makes me and it is what will guide my leadership as the next state auditor for the state of Arkansas.
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|author=''Times Record,'' (2014)
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|source=<ref name=audit>[http://swtimes.com/elections/election-qa-hampton-lea-leach-seek-succeed-arkansas-auditor-daniels ''Times Record,'' "Election Q&A: Hampton, Lea, Leach Seek To Succeed Arkansas Auditor Daniels," October 23, 2014]</ref>
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====[[Andrea Lea]]====
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I have acquired a comprehensive view of government and have been consistent in creating better and more efficient government. As chair of State Agencies Committee, co-chair of Personnel Committee and member of Budget Committee, I initiated smart reductions to agency budgets that corrected personnel and payroll issues. As a legislator, I was part of the team that successfully led legislation to shore up our state’s retirement funds. And as auditor, I will continue to work to protect the viability of our state’s retirement funds. Nearly two dozen of the bills I sponsored in the past general session were approved by my peers and signed into law by Gov. (Mike) Beebe. From tax cuts to preventing voter misconduct to improving the working conditions for county elected officials throughout the state, my record shows I have worked to make state government more efficient during my service in the Arkansas House of Representatives.
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|author=''Times Record,'' (2014)
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|source=<ref name=audit/>
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====[[Brian Leach]]====
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I don’t support wasteful programs and ballooning budgets. I believe if there is a tax surplus, then the government took too much money from citizens and that money should be returned. We all work very hard for our money. As auditor, I should be able to find areas where money is being wasted. I believe that government officials at every level should ask themselves, “would this decision provide more freedom to the citizens?” After all, government is by the people and for the people.
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|author=''Times Record,'' (2014)
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|source=<ref name=audit/>
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==Commissioner of State Lands==
 
===Candidates===
 
===Candidates===
{{reddot}} [[John Thurston]] - ''Incumbent''<ref name=lands14>[http://swtimes.com/news/politics/election-2014-elvis-presley-files-arkansas-land-commissioner ''Arkansas News Bureau,'' "Elvis Presley files for Arkansas Land Commissioner," February 27, 2014]</ref><br>
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===General election===
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{{reddot}} [[John Thurston]] - ''Incumbent'' {{won}}<ref name=lands14>[http://swtimes.com/news/politics/election-2014-elvis-presley-files-arkansas-land-commissioner ''Arkansas News Bureau,'' "Elvis Presley files for Arkansas Land Commissioner," February 27, 2014]</ref><br>
 
{{bluedot}} [[Mark Robertson]]<ref>[https://www.ark.org/arelections/index.php?ac:show:cand_search=1&candid=17341 ''Arkansas Secretary of State,'' "2014 Preferential Primary Elections & Non Partisan General Election, Candidate Information: Mark A. Robertson," accessed March 3, 2014]</ref><br>
 
{{bluedot}} [[Mark Robertson]]<ref>[https://www.ark.org/arelections/index.php?ac:show:cand_search=1&candid=17341 ''Arkansas Secretary of State,'' "2014 Preferential Primary Elections & Non Partisan General Election, Candidate Information: Mark A. Robertson," accessed March 3, 2014]</ref><br>
 
{{yellowdot}} [[Elvis D. Presley]] - Elvis Presley impersonator and auto-mechanic<ref name=lands14/>
 
{{yellowdot}} [[Elvis D. Presley]] - Elvis Presley impersonator and auto-mechanic<ref name=lands14/>
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===Results===
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====General election====
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{{ARLands2014GeneralResults}}
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====Primary election====
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=====Democratic primary=====
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* ''Uncontested''
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=====Republican primary=====
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* ''Uncontested''
  
 
===Duties===
 
===Duties===
The Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands controls all landed interests of the state of Arkansas.<ref>[http://web.lexisnexis.com/research/xlink?app=00075&view=full&interface=1&docinfo=off&searchtype=get&search=A.C.A.+%25A7+22-5-206 ''Arkansas Code of 1987 Annotated Official Edition,'' "A.C.A. § 22-5-206  (2012)," accessed August 13, 2013]</ref> This includes all lands forfeited to the state for payment of taxes.<ref>[http://web.lexisnexis.com/research/xlink?app=00075&view=full&interface=1&docinfo=off&searchtype=get&search=A.C.A.+%A7+22-5-207 ''Arkansas Code of 1987 Annotated Official Edition,'' "A.C.A. § 22-5-207  (2012)," accessed August 13, 2013]</ref> These lands can be sold, or they may be donated to state agencies, state colleges and universities and local governments for public use.<ref name=year1>[http://www.cosl.org/pdf/COSLAR.pdf ''A Snapshot of Excellence, Year One,'' "Donations," accessed August 13, 2013]</ref> If the state claims land and there is dispute about the accuracy of the claim location, the Commissioner of State Lands is in charge of surveying those lands to make an accurate claim for the state.<ref>[http://web.lexisnexis.com/research/xlink?app=00075&view=full&interface=1&docinfo=off&searchtype=get&search=A.C.A.+%A7+22-5-304 ''Arkansas Code of 1987 Annotated Official Edition,''"A.C.A. § 22-5-304  (2012)," accessed August 13, 2013]</ref> The Commissioner's office also is in charge of mineral leasing for most state owned lands and waterways. The Commissioner serves as the chairperson for the Natural Resources Commission. The Commission seeks to benefit the state through land leases while also protecting the environment.<ref name=year1/>
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The Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands controls all landed interests of the state of Arkansas.<ref>[http://web.lexisnexis.com/research/xlink?app=00075&view=full&interface=1&docinfo=off&searchtype=get&search=A.C.A.+%25A7+22-5-206 ''Arkansas Code of 1987 Annotated Official Edition,'' "A.C.A. § 22-5-206  (2012)," accessed August 13, 2013]</ref> This includes all lands forfeited to the state for payment of taxes.<ref>[http://web.lexisnexis.com/research/xlink?app=00075&view=full&interface=1&docinfo=off&searchtype=get&search=A.C.A.+%A7+22-5-207 ''Arkansas Code of 1987 Annotated Official Edition,'' "A.C.A. § 22-5-207  (2012)," accessed August 13, 2013]</ref> These lands can be sold, or they may be donated to state agencies, state colleges and universities and local governments for public use.<ref name=year1>[http://www.cosl.org/pdf/COSLAR.pdf ''A Snapshot of Excellence, Year One,'' "Donations," accessed August 13, 2013] ''([[dead link]])''</ref> If the state claims land and there is dispute about the accuracy of the claim location, the Commissioner of State Lands is in charge of surveying those lands to make an accurate claim for the state.<ref>[http://web.lexisnexis.com/research/xlink?app=00075&view=full&interface=1&docinfo=off&searchtype=get&search=A.C.A.+%A7+22-5-304 ''Arkansas Code of 1987 Annotated Official Edition,'' "A.C.A. § 22-5-304  (2012)," accessed August 13, 2013]</ref> The Commissioner's office also is in charge of mineral leasing for most state owned lands and waterways. The Commissioner serves as the chairperson for the Natural Resources Commission. The Commission seeks to benefit the state through land leases while also protecting the environment.<ref name=year1/>
  
 
Additionally, the commissioner has duties pertaining to historical preservation. This includes being in charge of materials (including books, maps, plats, etc.) pertaining to "all internal improvement, seminary, saline, and swamp and overflowed lands." The commissioner also has the responsibility to produce township maps for any township including the previously mentioned land types. These maps can be used by anyone "interested in state lands or desiring to purchase any state lands."<ref>[http://web.lexisnexis.com/research/xlink?app=00075&view=full&interface=1&docinfo=off&searchtype=get&search=A.C.A.+%A7+22-5-208 ''Arkansas Code of 1987 Annotated Official Edition,'' "A.C.A. § 22-5-208  (2012)," accessed August 13, 2013]</ref>
 
Additionally, the commissioner has duties pertaining to historical preservation. This includes being in charge of materials (including books, maps, plats, etc.) pertaining to "all internal improvement, seminary, saline, and swamp and overflowed lands." The commissioner also has the responsibility to produce township maps for any township including the previously mentioned land types. These maps can be used by anyone "interested in state lands or desiring to purchase any state lands."<ref>[http://web.lexisnexis.com/research/xlink?app=00075&view=full&interface=1&docinfo=off&searchtype=get&search=A.C.A.+%A7+22-5-208 ''Arkansas Code of 1987 Annotated Official Edition,'' "A.C.A. § 22-5-208  (2012)," accessed August 13, 2013]</ref>
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===Campaign themes===
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All three candidates for state lands commissioner participated in a question-and-answer session with the ''Times Record.'' The following sections quote their responses to the publication's question about their qualifications for the office.
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====[[Elvis D. Presley]]====
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I am open to measures needed to produce a better way of life for everyone in Arkansas, while maintaining the natural beauty of the state.
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|author=''Times Record,'' (2014)
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|source=<ref name=land>[http://swtimes.com/elections/election-qa-democrat-libertarian-challenge-arkansas-land-commissioner ''Times Record,'' "Election Q&A: Democrat, Libertarian Challenge Arkansas Land Commissioner," October 26, 2014]</ref>
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====[[Mark Robertson]]====
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{{quote|
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I’m the only candidate whose education and career has focused on land, land planning, managing our natural resources, and helping communities with land issues and economic progress. Over three decades of experience have provided me with insight to the enormous potential the office holds and an understanding of how we can make it more relevant. I’m the only candidate talking about how we can truly reform the land commissioner’s office, not just tweak it, so that we have a more efficient and productive system investing in our public schools and local communities.
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|author=''Times Record,'' (2014)
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|source=<ref name=land/>
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====[[John Thurston]]====
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{{quote|
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I believe I am the best candidate for this office as I have served in this capacity since 2011. I have led the way in making the office more efficient through technological advances and have returned record amounts of tax dollars back to the counties of origin. I have also worked to simplify our processes where the public is involved, creating easier transactions and less waste. I have continued to develop the Natural Resources, Historical and Waterways divisions in the office by providing good stewardship of these resources and fulfilling our statutory responsibility.
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|author=''Times Record,'' (2014)
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|source=<ref name=land/>
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==Ballot access for political parties==
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::''See also: [[Ballot access requirements for political candidates in Arkansas#Process to establish a political party|Arkansas process to establish a political party]]''
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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. Then, 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.<ref>[http://felonvoting.procon.org/sourcefiles/Arkansas_Voting_Code.pdf ''Arkansas Code'', "Title 7, Section 1-101-21," accessed December 3, 2013]</ref><ref name=hb2036>[ftp://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/acts/2013/Public/ACT1356.pdf ''Arkansas House Bill 2036'', "An Act To Amend the Law Concerning Certain Procedural Dates In Election; To Amend the Law Concerning Certain Petitions; And For Other Purposes," Approved April 18, 2013]</ref>
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In 2012, both the [[Libertarian Party|Libertarian]] and [[Green Party|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 the fall of 2013, both parties submitted new petitions and were qualified to put candidates on the 2014 ballot.<ref>[http://lpar.org/about-the-lpar/history-of-the-arkansas-libertarian-party/ ''Libertarian Party of Arkansas Website'', "History of the Libertarian Party of Arkansas," accessed December 5, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.greenpartyofarkansas.org/candidates/ballot-access/ ''Green Party of Arkansas Website'', "Ballot Access," accessed December 5, 2013]</ref><ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/2/http://www.arktimes.com/media/pdf/jenkins-11062013.pdf ''Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin'', "New Political Party Petition--Green Party," November 6, 2013]</ref> In order to maintain their status as political parties without needing to petition for the 2016 elections, their candidates for [[Arkansas Gubernatorial election, 2014|governor]] needed to receive at least 3 percent of the vote. [[Frank Gilbert]] (L) received 1.9 percent of the gubernatorial vote and [[Josh Drake]] (G) received 1.1 percent in the election.<ref>[http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/poll-ross-hutchinson-virtual-dead-heat-governor-s-race ''UALR Public Radio'', "Poll: Ross, Hutchinson In Virtual Dead Heat In Governor’s Race," April 6, 2014]</ref>
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==Key deadlines==
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==Recent news==
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===Auditor===
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This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "'''Arkansas + auditor + elections'''"
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:''All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.''
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===Commissioner of State Lands===
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Arkansas Down Ballot State Executive Elections

Primary Date:
May 20, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Table of contents
Treasurer
Auditor
Commissioner of State Lands
Key deadlines
Recent news

Arkansas State Executive Elections
Top Ballot
GovernorLieutenant Governor
Secretary of StateAttorney General
Down Ballot
Treasurer, Auditor, Commissioner of State Lands

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Three down ballot state executive positions were up for election in the state of Arkansas in 2014. The three down ballot races on the ballot in 2014 were the Arkansas Treasurer, the Arkansas Auditor and the Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Commissioner of State Lands John Thurston (R) was the lone incumbent to run for re-election among these down ballot offices. Charles Robinson (D) was appointed in 2013 to replace Martha Ann Shoffner (D) and was ineligible to seek a full term in the treasurer's office. Charlie Daniels (D) did not file for re-election in 2014, leaving the state auditor's office open to a new officeholder.

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.[1][2][3]

Treasurer

Candidates

General election

Republican Party Dennis Milligan - Saline County Circuit Clerk[4]Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Karen Sealy Garcia[5]
Libertarian Party Chris Hayes[6]

Ineligible to run

Democratic PartyCharles Robinson - Incumbent

Lost in the primary

Republican Party Duncan Baird - District 96 Representative in the Arkansas House of Representatives[4]

Results

General election

Treasurer of Arkansas, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDennis Milligan 56.4% 466,959
     Democratic Karen Sealy Garcia 37.3% 308,663
     Libertarian Chris Hayes 6.4% 52,640
Total Votes 828,262
Election Results via Arkansas Secretary of State.

Primary election

Republican primary
Arkansas Treasurer, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDennis Milligan 53.5% 86,994
Duncan Baird 46.5% 75,673
Total Votes 162,667
Election Results via Arkansas Secretary of State.
Democratic primary
  • Uncontested

Duties

The office of treasurer acts as the state's "bank;" it accepts and processes all receipts in the form of taxes, fees and other payments to the state, and disburses that money from over 400 fund accounts to over 200 state agencies. In fiscal year 2010, the treasurer's office processed $16.2 billion in receipts and $16.4 billion in state warrants (outlays). The treasurer is also responsible for providing state aid to local governments, which amounted to $1.3 billion in FY 2010. It also supervises the $894 million Arkansas state investment fund, which earned $43.6 million in interest in 2010. The treasurer makes a report "to the governor every biennium on the condition of the treasury and its operations."[7]

Campaign themes

All three candidates for treasurer participated in a question-and-answer session with the Times Record. The following sections quote their responses to the publication's question about their qualifications for the office.

Karen Sealy Garcia

As a certified public accountant, I’m the only candidate with the right kind of experience to protect the taxpayers’ money. As a “no-nonsense” accountant, I’ll reform the office by implementing new financial controls to avoid the embarrassments of the last person elected to this office. Unfortunately my opponent, Dennis Milligan, has a long track record of unethical and embarrassing behavior. Arkansas can’t afford to have Milligan’s embarrassing antics in the state treasurer’s office. From his being caught blackmailing a state representative at a Krispy Kreme doughnut shop, to costing the taxpayers $90,000 due to his incompetent management, Dennis Milligan has proven that he can’t be trusted with taxpayers’ money. Arkansans can’t afford to go from a Pie Box to a Doughnut Box. As state treasurer, I’ll protect the taxpayers’ money, make sound financial investments and restore the public’s trust. (Editor’s note: Milligan has not been charged with blackmail or any other crime.) [8]

Times Record, (2014), [9]

Chris Hayes

I am the best candidate to answer to the people, without baggage of owing political favors to any party, thus insuring the integrity of the office of treasurer. Libertarians are quite independent thinking, but agree less government is by far better on those governed. Make real changes in Arkansas: Stop spending a two sided coin. Vote Chris Hayes treasurer. [8]

Times Record, (2014), [9]

Dennis Milligan

The state treasurer’s office has been in one political party’s control since Reconstruction. It’s time this position had a new occupant that will approach it from a fresh perspective. The people — not a political party — should be in control of this office. The simple truth is, I come from the private sector that is extremely customer service orientated. Voters want accountability, results and common sense solutions all done within a spending discipline. I have the business background and experience to implement these principles and deliver them with no excuses. I have been blessed with success in my professional business life. I am running for this office because — like a lot of Arkansans — I was sickened by the corruption that occurred under Shoffner. I am not running for this office to further a political party’s desires or financially enrich myself, but to restore trust and integrity. [8]

Times Record, (2014), [9]

Auditor

Candidates

General election

Republican Party Andrea Lea - District 71 Representative in the Arkansas House of Representatives Green check mark transparent.png[10]
Democratic Party Regina Stewart Hampton - State Auditor's Office Employee in the Unclaimed Property Division[11]
Libertarian Party Brian Leach[12]

Retiring

Democratic Party Charlie Daniels - Incumbent[13]

Lost in the primary

Republican Party Ken Yang - former campaign manager for Mark Martin's election to Arkansas Secretary of State[10]

Results

General election

Arkansas Auditor, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAndrea Lea 57.2% 471,211
     Democratic Regina Stewart Hampton 37.4% 308,285
     Libertarian Brian Leach 5.4% 44,702
Total Votes 824,198
Election Results via Arkansas Secretary of State.

Primary election

Republican primary
Arkansas Auditor, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAndrea Lea 68.2% 111,998
Ken Yang 31.8% 52,293
Total Votes 164,291
Election Results via Arkansas Secretary of State.
Democratic primary
  • Uncontested

Duties

The auditor acts as the state's general accountant and supervises "all fund and appropriation balances of all state agencies,"[14] in addition to writing the warrants, or checks, used to pay the state's liabilities. The auditor's office ensures the solvency of each state agency and "makes sure each agency appropriation has a sufficient balance before the warrants are released."[14] It also acts as disbursing officer for some federal funds destined for state judicial or legislative actors, including judges, the House of Representatives and the Senate.

The auditor also sits on the State Board of Finance, the Commercial Mobile Radio Services/Emergency Telephone Services Board and the Boards of Continuing Education for County and Circuit Clerks, County Treasurers and County Collectors. He or she is also an ex- officio board member of the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System and the Arkansas Teachers Retirement System.

In addition to his or her other duties, the auditor also manages the state's unclaimed property division; it holds such property for three years before depositing that property in the state's general fund.

Campaign themes

All three candidates for auditor participated in a question-and-answer session with the Times Record. The following sections quote their responses to the publication's question about their qualifications for the office.

Regina Stewart Hampton

EXPERIENCE MATTERS!! As the only candidate in this race with any actual experience in the auditor’s office I am the most qualified. I have served the public for 13 years with full transparency. My morals and ethics are beyond reproach. I am not a politician, nor do I plan to become one. I am a servant leader. The last three state auditors have all served with distinction and all three endorse my candidacy. I am grateful for their support. As the wife of a Methodist minister, I believe my faith and my values are more closely aligned with the average Arkansan. My faith makes me and it is what will guide my leadership as the next state auditor for the state of Arkansas. [8]

Times Record, (2014), [15]

Andrea Lea

I have acquired a comprehensive view of government and have been consistent in creating better and more efficient government. As chair of State Agencies Committee, co-chair of Personnel Committee and member of Budget Committee, I initiated smart reductions to agency budgets that corrected personnel and payroll issues. As a legislator, I was part of the team that successfully led legislation to shore up our state’s retirement funds. And as auditor, I will continue to work to protect the viability of our state’s retirement funds. Nearly two dozen of the bills I sponsored in the past general session were approved by my peers and signed into law by Gov. (Mike) Beebe. From tax cuts to preventing voter misconduct to improving the working conditions for county elected officials throughout the state, my record shows I have worked to make state government more efficient during my service in the Arkansas House of Representatives. [8]

Times Record, (2014), [15]

Brian Leach

I don’t support wasteful programs and ballooning budgets. I believe if there is a tax surplus, then the government took too much money from citizens and that money should be returned. We all work very hard for our money. As auditor, I should be able to find areas where money is being wasted. I believe that government officials at every level should ask themselves, “would this decision provide more freedom to the citizens?” After all, government is by the people and for the people. [8]

Times Record, (2014), [15]

Commissioner of State Lands

Candidates

General election

Republican Party John Thurston - Incumbent Green check mark transparent.png[16]
Democratic Party Mark Robertson[17]
Libertarian Party Elvis D. Presley - Elvis Presley impersonator and auto-mechanic[16]

Results

General election

Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Thurston Incumbent 57.2% 471,848
     Democratic Mark Robertson 36.6% 302,048
     Libertarian Elvis D. Presley 6.2% 51,518
Total Votes 825,414
Election Results via Arkansas Secretary of State.

Primary election

Democratic primary
  • Uncontested
Republican primary
  • Uncontested

Duties

The Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands controls all landed interests of the state of Arkansas.[18] This includes all lands forfeited to the state for payment of taxes.[19] These lands can be sold, or they may be donated to state agencies, state colleges and universities and local governments for public use.[20] If the state claims land and there is dispute about the accuracy of the claim location, the Commissioner of State Lands is in charge of surveying those lands to make an accurate claim for the state.[21] The Commissioner's office also is in charge of mineral leasing for most state owned lands and waterways. The Commissioner serves as the chairperson for the Natural Resources Commission. The Commission seeks to benefit the state through land leases while also protecting the environment.[20]

Additionally, the commissioner has duties pertaining to historical preservation. This includes being in charge of materials (including books, maps, plats, etc.) pertaining to "all internal improvement, seminary, saline, and swamp and overflowed lands." The commissioner also has the responsibility to produce township maps for any township including the previously mentioned land types. These maps can be used by anyone "interested in state lands or desiring to purchase any state lands."[22]

Campaign themes

All three candidates for state lands commissioner participated in a question-and-answer session with the Times Record. The following sections quote their responses to the publication's question about their qualifications for the office.

Elvis D. Presley

I am open to measures needed to produce a better way of life for everyone in Arkansas, while maintaining the natural beauty of the state. [8]

Times Record, (2014), [23]

Mark Robertson

I’m the only candidate whose education and career has focused on land, land planning, managing our natural resources, and helping communities with land issues and economic progress. Over three decades of experience have provided me with insight to the enormous potential the office holds and an understanding of how we can make it more relevant. I’m the only candidate talking about how we can truly reform the land commissioner’s office, not just tweak it, so that we have a more efficient and productive system investing in our public schools and local communities. [8]

Times Record, (2014), [23]

John Thurston

I believe I am the best candidate for this office as I have served in this capacity since 2011. I have led the way in making the office more efficient through technological advances and have returned record amounts of tax dollars back to the counties of origin. I have also worked to simplify our processes where the public is involved, creating easier transactions and less waste. I have continued to develop the Natural Resources, Historical and Waterways divisions in the office by providing good stewardship of these resources and fulfilling our statutory responsibility. [8]

Times Record, (2014), [23]

Ballot access for political parties

See also: Arkansas process to establish a political party

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. Then, 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.[24][25]

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 the fall of 2013, both parties submitted new petitions and were qualified to put candidates on the 2014 ballot.[26][27][28] In order to maintain their status as political parties without needing to petition for the 2016 elections, their candidates for governor needed to receive at least 3 percent of the vote. Frank Gilbert (L) received 1.9 percent of the gubernatorial vote and Josh Drake (G) received 1.1 percent in the election.[29]

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
March 3, 2014 Candidate filing deadline
May 20, 2014 Primary election
June 10, 2014 Primary runoff election
November 4, 2014 General election
November 19, 2014 Deadline for the county board of election commissioners to certify election results
January 13, 2015 Inauguration day for state executive officials in general election

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References

  1. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Arkansas Times, "Rep. Duncan Baird announces for state treasurer," July 31, 2013, accessed August 12, 2013
  5. Arkansas Secretary of State, "2014 Preferential Primary Elections & Non Partisan General Election, Candidate Information: Karen Sealy Garcia," accessed March 3, 2014
  6. Arkansas Secretary of State, "2014 Preferential Primary Elections & Non Partisan General Election, Candidate Information: Chris Hayes," accessed March 3, 2014
  7. Arkansas State Treasury, "About," accessed June 17, 2011
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 8.8 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Times Record, "Election Q&A: Garcia, Hayes, Milligan Seek Arkansas Treasurer’s Post," October 26, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 Times Record, "State Representative Announces As Candidate For Arkansas Auditor," July 2, 2013, accessed August 12, 2013
  11. Talk Business Arkansas, "Regina Hampton To Seek State Auditor’s Post," July 7, 2013, accessed August 12, 2013
  12. Arkansas Secretary of State, "2014 Preferential Primary Elections & Non Partisan General Election, Candidate Information: Brian Leach," accessed March 3, 2014
  13. thecitywire.com, "Arkansas’ Charlie Daniels to retire from politics," May 6, 2013
  14. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named General
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Times Record, "Election Q&A: Hampton, Lea, Leach Seek To Succeed Arkansas Auditor Daniels," October 23, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 Arkansas News Bureau, "Elvis Presley files for Arkansas Land Commissioner," February 27, 2014
  17. Arkansas Secretary of State, "2014 Preferential Primary Elections & Non Partisan General Election, Candidate Information: Mark A. Robertson," accessed March 3, 2014
  18. Arkansas Code of 1987 Annotated Official Edition, "A.C.A. § 22-5-206 (2012)," accessed August 13, 2013
  19. Arkansas Code of 1987 Annotated Official Edition, "A.C.A. § 22-5-207 (2012)," accessed August 13, 2013
  20. 20.0 20.1 A Snapshot of Excellence, Year One, "Donations," accessed August 13, 2013 (dead link)
  21. Arkansas Code of 1987 Annotated Official Edition, "A.C.A. § 22-5-304 (2012)," accessed August 13, 2013
  22. Arkansas Code of 1987 Annotated Official Edition, "A.C.A. § 22-5-208 (2012)," accessed August 13, 2013
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Times Record, "Election Q&A: Democrat, Libertarian Challenge Arkansas Land Commissioner," October 26, 2014
  24. Arkansas Code, "Title 7, Section 1-101-21," accessed December 3, 2013
  25. Arkansas House Bill 2036, "An Act To Amend the Law Concerning Certain Procedural Dates In Election; To Amend the Law Concerning Certain Petitions; And For Other Purposes," Approved April 18, 2013
  26. Libertarian Party of Arkansas Website, "History of the Libertarian Party of Arkansas," accessed December 5, 2013
  27. Green Party of Arkansas Website, "Ballot Access," accessed December 5, 2013
  28. Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin, "New Political Party Petition--Green Party," November 6, 2013
  29. UALR Public Radio, "Poll: Ross, Hutchinson In Virtual Dead Heat In Governor’s Race," April 6, 2014