Flowers claims victory in senate District 25 race

State Sen. Stephanie Flowers, D-Pine Bluff, outpaced Libertarian candidate David Dinwiddie of White Hall in the race for the state Senate District 25 seat.

Unofficial results at 9 p.m. show:

• Flowers with 9,496 votes or 85 percent

• Dinwiddie with 1,676 votes or 15 percent

Flowers was thankful for voter support and looking forward to tackling the hard issues in the next legislative session.

“I look forward to serving,” Flowers said Tuesday night at the Jefferson County Courthouse. “It is really exciting the numbers of voters who have come 0ut. The people have some expectations and appreciation for my past efforts.”

“Hopefully we will have a good legislative session,” Flowers said. “There are several issues of concern to this district including education and the economy. I’m happy and looking forward to serving.”

Flowers, who defeated challenger Efrem Elliott in the Democratic primary in May, sought re-election to the state senate after representing the former District 5 in the last legislative session.

“My three terms in the house and one term as a state senator is experience that is good for my constituents,” Flowers said. “I will admit that there is a steep learning curve in the legislative process but I think I’ve come a pretty long way.”

Flowers said that her years as an Arkansas politician have allowed her to become familiar with the procedure by which state and federal funds are distributed to local municipalities.

“It can be a challenge to wrap your head around the state budget,” Flowers said. “I look at the number of appropriations and the amount of money distributed to state agencies and look at how those funds are translated into services provided to my constituents.”

District 25 encompasses parts of Jefferson, Arkansas, Lincoln, Monroe, Phillips and Desha counties in southeast and east-central Arkansas.

The challenger Dinwiddie said during the campaign that he wanted to drastically improve the efficiency of state government.

“My main goal is to consolidate state government agencies, boards and commissions from the over 400 that exist now down to 300,” Dinwiddie said in October. “Governor [Dale] Bumpers did the same thing. As an example, the state has a barber’s board and a cosmetologist’s board. They are similar enough that we could consolidate them into one board. I served on the board of the local water company and after we put in a new well, we had three different state agencies that each took a water sample.”