Linda Collins-Smith

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Linda Collins-Smith
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Arkansas House of Representatives District 80
Former officeholder
In office
January 10, 2011 - January 10, 2013
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$15,869/year
Per diem$136/per day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 10, 2013
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
Personal
ProfessionBusiness Owner
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
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Linda Collins-Smith was a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives. She represented the 80th district from 2011 to 2013. Collins-Smith switched parties on August 10, 2011. At a news conference, she stated "I have not left the Democratic Party, but the party left me," complaining that the Democratic party had moved too far left for her to remain in the party.[1]

Collins-Smith has worked as owner/operator of Days Inn and Suites of Pocahontas. She is also the president/founder of Randolph County Tourism.

Issues

Campaign themes

Collins-Smith's website highlights the following campaign themes:[2]

Jobs

  • Excerpt:"I will fight to reduce government restrictions and put our citizens back to work."

The Constitution

  • Excerpt:"The Constitution of the United States is the most sublime outline for benign human government ever devised. It should be required learning and taught repeatedly at every level of our educational systems, both public and private."

The People Rule

  • Excerpt:"This is my pledge to you: I will not forget who elected me."

Political Integrity

  • Excerpt:"I will NEVER change what I stand for, or play with words, to gain a few votes."

Right to Life

  • Excerpt:"I will never vote to allow tax dollars to be spent, directly or indirectly, to fund abortions, and I will always vote to restrict access to this barbaric practice."

Committee assignments

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Collins-Smith served on these committees:

  • Subcommittee on Finance
  • Subcommittee on Income Taxes-Personal and Corporate, Vice Chair

Elections

2012

See also: Arkansas State Senate elections, 2012

Following redistricting, Collins-Smith was placed in the same district as Republican incumbent Lori Benedict. She decided to run for District 19 of the Arkansas State Senate, instead of running for re-election. She ran unopposed in the May 22 Republican primary and was defeated by incumbent David Wyatt in the November 6, 2012, general election.[3][4][5]


Collins-Smith discusses at a press conference in August 2011 her switch from the Democratic Party to the GOP.
Arkansas State Senate, District 19, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Wyatt Incumbent 51.2% 15,442
     Republican Linda Collins-Smith 48.8% 14,716
Total Votes 30,158

2010

See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Collins-Smith defeated Jan Ziegler in the May 18 primary. She then defeated Keith Sloan in the November 2 general election.[6][7]

Arkansas House of Representatives, District 80 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Linda Collins-Smith (D) 4,195
Keith Sloan (R) 3,877
Arkansas House of Representatives, District 80 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Linda Collins-Smith (D) 2,901
Jan Ziegler (D) 2,598

Campaign donors

2010

In 2010, Collins-Smith raised $78,114 in contributions. [8]

Her three largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Collins-Smith, Linda $46,613
Arkansas Democratic Party $2,500
Smith, Matt $1,500

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Personal

Collins-Smith is married.

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Political offices
Preceded by
David Cook
Arkansas House District 80
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Charlene Fite (R)