LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (April 14, 2014) – Over 400 candidates tossed their respective names in the ring vying to become an elected official in Arkansas. The primary election is scheduled for May 20, with the general election being held on November 4.
The 2014 ballot includes four congressional seats, the governor’s office, plus six constitutional offices, three state Supreme Court seats, 100 state House seats and 18 state Senate seats.
The Republican Party of Arkansas continues to push forward, as 133 Republican candidates filed for office this year, a new state record for the party. In the state legislature, Republicans have 3 Senate Districts with primaries, while Democrats have none. There will be 18 House District primaries, four of which will be on the Democratic ticket.
In the Arkansas Senate, there are 18 Senate seats on the ballot this year; 11 of which are held by Republicans and seven by Democrats. 11 of the Senate incumbents are unopposed – six Republicans and five Democrats. Today, in the 35 member Senate, there are 22 Republicans and 13 Democrats.
In the Arkansas House of Representatives, all 100 House seats are on the ballot this year. There are 51 unopposed House candidates on the ballot – 27 Republicans and 24 Democrats. The 49 contested House seats include 25 held by Republicans, 23 held by Democrats and one by a Green Party member.
Throughout the election cycle, inVeritas will provide a look at the candidates for the Arkansas Legislature. A quick glance of several Republicans running for the House of Representatives:
Lucas Roebuck, R-District 87
Lucas Roebuck is running for House District 87 – Representative Jonathan Barnett’s seat. Lucas was born in Redondo Beach, California and is the son of Mexican immigrants. He is one of six brothers.
He received his bachelor’s degree from John Brown University and later received his master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Arkansas. After graduating, Lucas worked for nearly a decade as a journalist and was the Opinion Page Editor for the Benton County Daily Record, Assignment Editor for KNWA-NBC, and Managing Editor for both the Northwest Arkansas Times and the Siloam Springs Herald-Leader. Lucas served as a professor and taught journalism, communications and English at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho and at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon before returning to Arkansas to work for John Brown University as Director of University Communications.
For more information on Lucas Roebuck, click here.
Mike Whitmore, R – District 90
Mike Whitmore is running for House District 90 – Representative Skip Carnine’s seat. Mike was born in Germany and moved to Springdale when he was in third grade. Mike received his bachelor’s degree from Hendrix College. He worked as an accounting consultant and co-owned a pet supplies business before returning to school to receive a Master of Accountancy from the University of Arkansas. Upon graduation, Mike taught accounting for two years at the University of Arkansas, before continuing his accounting career.
For more information on Mike Whitmore, click here.
Grant Hodges, R – District 96
Grant Hodges is running for House District 96 – Representative Duncan Baird’s seat. Grant, 22, is a recent graduate from the University of Arkansas, where he majored in Political Science. Grant worked with Congressmen John Boozman and Steve Womack. In 2012, he successfully managed Randy Alexander’s campaign for state representative.
For more information on Grant Hodges, click here.
Robin Lundstrum, R – District 87
Robin Lundstrum is running for House District 87 – Representative Jonathan Barnett’s seat. Robin is a small business owner and a member of the Elm Springs City Council. Robin received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas, as well as a master’s and doctorate in education.
Robin is a former assistant professor at John Brown University and served as Vice Chairman of the Republican Party of Arkansas.
For more information on Robin Lundstrum, click here.
Jana Della Rosa, R – District 90
Jana Della Rosa is running for House District 90 – Representative Skip Carnine’s seat. Jana was born and raised in Springdale, and graduated from Springdale High School. She attended the University of Arkansas, where she graduated at the top of her class with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering.
In 2002, Jana joined the Bentonville-based Walmart Team for Church and Dwight Co., Inc., a $2.6B CPG company headquartered in New Jersey. During her 10-year tenure, she was promoted from an entry-level Sales Analyst position to the company’s top National Account Manager, responsible for all laundry product sales to Walmart.
Jana currently serves on the Board of Directors of Conservative Arkansas, a grassroots organization dedicated to identifying, electing, and holding accountable conservative candidates at both the state and national levels. She is also a member of the Benton County Republican Committee and the Benton County Republican Women.
For more information on Jana Della Rosa, click here.
Mickey Gates, R – District 22 Mickey Gates is running for House District 22 – Representative Bruce Westerman’s seat. Mickey is the President of Stonebridge Collection – located in Hot Springs. Stonebridge Collection custom engraves its own knifes to the customer’s specifications. Mickey also served as Justice of the Peace in Garland County.
For more information on Mickey Gates, click here.
Donald Laymon, R – District 22
Donald Laymon is running for House District 22 – Representative Bruce Westerman’s seat. Donald was born in Heber Springs and raised in Little Rock, but now resides in Hot Springs Village. He, like his opponent, served as Justice of the Peace. Donald is a financial advisor and serves in ministry as an evangelist with the Assemblies of God. He is also a former secretary of the Garland County Republican Party.
For more information on Donald Laymon, click here.
Lance Eaves, R – District 46
Lance Eaves is running for House District 46 – Representative Mark Biviano’s seat. Although born in Conway, Les spent his early years growing up in Newport, where his father started the family business, Delta Trailers. Les later moved to Arlington, Texas where he attended high school and college at the University of Texas, Arlington. He then moved back to Arkansas to begin a career working with his father at the family business that began in 1971. Les now serves as the Vice President of Delta Manufacturing, Inc. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the NATM (National Association of Trailer Manufacturers)
For more information on Les Eaves, click here.
Marge Wolf, R – District 94
Marge Wolf is running for House District 94 – Representative Debra Hobbs’ seat. Marge is one of six children. Marge is the President and CEO of the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank and serves as the City Alderman for Ward 2 in Rogers. For 8 years, Marge served as the Chief Executive Officer for Main Street Rogers and 13 years as Chief Executive Officer for the Rogers-Lowell United Way. In 2012, she served as President of the Arkansas Hunger Relief Association.
For more information on Marge Wolf, click here.
Damon Wallace, R – District 96
Damon Wallace is running for House District 96 – Representative Duncan Baird’s seat. Damon is a single dad with two adult daughters. Damon is an EMT, Paramedic, and a Respiratory Therapy Technician. He is also a Registered Respiratory Therapist and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Damon served twenty-one years in the healthcare industry and now as a business owner. In 2003, he started investing in rental property and bought the first of his two automotive shops in 2008.
For more information on Damon Wallace, click here.
Kyle Reeves, R – District 46
Kyle Reeves is running for House District 46 – Representative Mark Biviano’s seat. Kyle has lived in Arkansas since the 1980s, where he received his bachelor’s degree and his master’s degree from Harding University. Kyle worked in the telecommunications industry, where he was a 3-time Emmy nominee for his work in TV and he built the first “All Digital” LPTV station in the United States. He now works in the natural gas business as a small business owner.
For more information on Kyle Reeves, click here.