Rep. Bobby J. Pierce (D) had a strong lead in the Arkansas Senate District 27 race at press time Tuesday over Republican candidate Henry L. Frisby II.
Unofficial results — with three out of six counties reporting at 11 p.m. — showed:
• Pierce with 8,228 votes or 61 percent
• Frisby with 5,301 votes or 39 percent
The district encompasses southern sections of Jefferson County, eastern Grant County, western Cleveland County, northeastern Ouachita County and all of Calhoun and Union counties.
Pierce of Sheridan has served in the Arkansas House since 2007 and wants to continue representing the interests of his fellow Arkansans in the Arkansas Senate.
“I will represent the district from one end to the other,” Pierce said. “I’ve got experience and have been in the state legislature going on six years. I served as Speaker Pro Tem during the last legislative session. I have been a small businessman for 33 years and own a utility contracting business and a hardware store.”
Pierce believes that the best way to energize the state’s economy is to encourage the creation of small businesses.
“We’ve got to find more jobs and get people back to work,” Pierce said. “We need to look at businesses that employ two, three or four people. We’re not going to get companies that employ multi-thousands of employees. We need to adjust our expectations and make sure that businesses already here are welcomed.”
Frisby is a businessman from El Dorado who wants to be the District 27 state senator to push back against what he says are efforts by Democrats in the state to implement the Obama agenda.
“I don’t support the Obama agenda and members of the Democrat party in Arkansas do and they want to further it in the state,” Frisby said. “I signed the no tax pledge and people can say that Henry Frisby is paid for by out of state interests, but 97 percent of the people in Arkansas are against new taxes.”
Frisby said that it is not so much the idea of taxing that bothers him but instead the way in which taxes are enacted for a vague purpose and with no set time limit on the existence of the tax.