Central Arkansas legislative races good for incumbents; Conway House race decided by 4 votes

by Roby Brock ([email protected]) 2,102 views 

If you ever wondered if your vote counts, the House District 56 race in Conway is the poster child for voting.

Incumbent Rep. Steve Magie, D-Conway, won his challenge from Republican Trent Minner by 4 votes. The unofficial results in the race with all votes counted were:

House District 56
Rep. Steve Magie – D 48.39%
Trent Minner – R 48.34%
Howard Heffington – L 3.27%

There are still provisional ballots as well as overseas and military ballots to be counted, so the outcome of this race is not close to over. The Faulkner County Election Commission is expected to meet Monday to consider action on this race.

In other legislative races, incumbent Democrats and Republicans held their seats with the exception of Democratic Rep. David Fielding in south Arkansas. Fielding, D-Magnolia, was defeated by Republican challenger Wade Andrews 54.5-45.5%.

According to unofficial results from the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office, some of the results of House and Senate races in central Arkansas that included wins among incumbents were:

House District 67
Rep. Karilyn Brown – R 52.5%
Jannie Cotton – D 47.5%

House District 68
Rep. Brian Evans – R 83.5%
Robert Betzold – L 16.5%

House District 69
Rep. David Ray – R 69%
Zachary Culp – D 31%

House District 70
Rep. Carlton Wing – R 54%
Judson Scanlon – D 43%
Peyton Perks – L 3%

House District 73
Rep. Andrew Collins – D 59%
Jon Wickliffe – R 39.5%
Miles McDonnell – L 1.5%

House District 74
Rep. Tippi McCullough – D 78%
Ashton Winkelmeyer – L 22%

House District 75
Rep. Ashley Hudson – D 55%
Heather Turchi – R 45%

House District 76
Rep. Joy Springer – D 90%
Genni Sutanto – L 10%

House District 82
Rep. Tony Furman – R 72.5%
Brandon Kelley – L 27.5%

House District 83
Rep. Lanny Fite – R 82%
Jason Reeves – L 18%

Senate District 13
Sen. Jane English – R 52.5%
Allison Grigsby Sweatman – D 44.3%
Noah Jones – L 3.2%

Senate District 14
Sen. Clarke Tucker – D 63.5%
Beth Mason – R 36.5%

Senate District 15
Rep. Fred Love – D 86.2%
Charles Guidry – L 13.8%

Senate District 16
Sen. Kim Hammer – R 75.2%
Jaron Salazar – L 24.8%

Senate District 17
Sen. Mark Johnson – R 58.75%
David Barber – D 41.25%

Other races in Central Arkansas not involving an incumbent include:

House District 71
Brandon Achor – R  58%
John Pack – D  39.5%
Aaron Raatz – L  2.5%

House District 81
R.J. Hawk – R 61.5%
Roy Vaughn – D  35%
Greg Sharp – L  3.5%