Campaign filing ends with 412 candidates


LITTLE ROCK — The week-long filing period ended Monday for political candidates this election season with 19 people filing before the noon deadline, including candidates for congress and state treasurer.

The primary election is May 20 and the general election is Nov. 4.

Before Monday’s deadline, retired Army Col. Conrad Reynolds of Conway filed for the 2nd Congressional District race, and Democrat Mark Robertson of Little Rock filed his paperwork for state land commissioner.

Reynolds is one of three Republicans running for the 2nd District congressional seat. State Rep. Ann Clemmer of Benton and Little Rock banker French Hill also filed to run for the seat now held by U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Little Rock. Griffin filed to run for lieutenant governor.

Also running to for the 2nd District congressional seat are former North Little Rock Mayor Pat Hayes, a Democrat, and Libertarian Debbie Standiford of Little Rock.

Robertson, an architect, faces Republican state Land Commissioner John Thurston, who is seeking his second term. Elvis D. Presley of Star City has filed as a Libertarian.

In all, 412 candidates filed to run in the May primaries and nonpartisan judicial races for district, state and federal offices. The filing period began Feb. 24.

In the GOP primary for governor, Asa Hutchinson, a former congressman and undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will face Little Rock businessman Curtis Coleman. In the Democratic Primary, former 4th District Congressman and state legislator Mike Ross of Prescott faces substitute teacher Lynette Bryant of Little Rock.

Green Party candidate Joshua Drake of Hot Springs and Libertarian Party candidate Frank Gilbert of Tull, a constable, also filed to run for governor.

In the U.S. Senate race, the candidates are Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor, Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton of Dardanelle, Libertarian Nathan LaFrance of Bella Vista and Green Party candidate Mark Swaney of Huntsville.

In the 1st District congressional race, incumbent U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro, faces Heber Springs Mayor Jackie McPherson, a Democrat. Libertarian candidate Brian Scott Willhite of Cabot also filed for the congressional seat.

In the 3rd District congressional race, incumbent Steve Womack, R-Rogers, filed for re-election. Libertarian Grant Brand of Pea Ridge also filed for that seat. No Democrat filed.

In the 4th District congressional race, Republicans Tommy Moll, a Hot Springs businessman, and state House Majority Leader Rep. Bruce Westerman of Hot Springs filed to run in the GOP primary. Democrat James Lee Witt of Dardanelle, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, also filed, as did Libertarian Party candidate Ken Hamilton of El Dorado and Janis Percefull of Hot Springs, running as an independent..

In the lieutenant governor’s race, three Republicans will face off in the primary: state Rep. Debra Hobbs of Rogers, state Rep. Andy Mayberry of Hensley and Griffin.

Former state highway commissioner John Burkhalter of Little Rock is the lone Democrat seeking the office. Libertarian Christopher Olson of Alco also filed.

In the attorney general’s race, state Rep. Nate Steel, D-Nashville filed, as did Republicans Leslie Rutledge of Little Rock and David Sterling of North Little Rock.

Secretary of State Mark Martin filed for re-election and faces challenges from Democrat Susan Inman of Little Rock and Libertarian Jacob Holloway of Little Rock

In the state treasurer’s race, state Rep. Duncan Baird of Lowell and Saline County Circuit Clerk Dennis Milligan of Alexander have filed to run in the GOP primary. Democrat Karen Sealy Garcia, city director of Hot Springs, has filed as a Democrat, and Chris Hayes has filed as a Libertarian.

For state auditor, two Republicans, state Rep. Andrea Lea of Russellville and Ken Yang of Benton filed, as did Democrat Regina Stewart Hampton of Little Rock and Libertarian Brian Leach of Fort Smith.