Students' Guide to the 2022 Arkansas Primaries
Updated: Aug 15, 2022
Giant signs lining the highways and your neighbor's yards can only mean one thing. It’s election season in the Natural State. The deadline to register to vote in the May Primaries is fast approaching so here is your Lions’ Chronicle cheat sheet for understanding the 2022 Arkansas Primaries.
What even are the primaries?
In the simplest of terms, the primary elections are the elections before THE election. Each political party votes on which candidate to send to the general election on November 8th.
Candidates from across the state will compete with each other in hopes of representing their party in the general elections. Then in the general election, the winners of each party's primary will go head to head to determine who gets to hold that office.
Arkansas is one of 21 states that holds “Open Primaries” which means you can vote for any candidate, regardless of political affiliation. So if a registered Republican was wowed by a Democratic candidate and wanted to cast them on their ballot, they’re free to do so.
The deadline to register to vote in this year’s primary is April 24th. If you’re not sure if you’re registered, you can check via vote.org. More info on how to register can be found on the Arkansas Secretary of State site.
Okay? So who are we voting for?
*Disclaimer: We will be focusing on elections specific to Fort Smith and Sebastian County residents. Non-residents can consult Ballotpedia for more info on their local elections*
Seats for the US Senate, US House, State Governor, State Senate, and State Supreme Court will be up for election this year, as well as several notable ballot measures. Below you can find some of our candidates to watch in all the major races, and some facts you should know. Incumbents are indicated with underlines.
Incumbent John Boozman is running for re-election in 2022. His term is set to end on January 3, 2022.
Has held office for 11 years.
Began his political career in 2001
Voted for banning abortion after 20 weeks and against Trump’s 2019 border wall emergency declaration.
Conservative Commentator, National Spokesperson for Citizens for Trump
Platform includes: secure borders and immigration control and term-limits
Realtor and small business owner of a cleaning company
Health-care reform, strengthening agriculture and addressing climate change
Relieving student debt, decriminalization of cannabis, healthcare for all
All Arkansas representatives will be up for election. All four incumbents are running for re-election. After redistricting, Sebastian County is split in half between districts 3 and 4, so residents of southern Sebastian County (south of Greenwood) will be voting for the representatives in district 4.
Assumed office in 2011
Former Mayor of Rogers
Voted for coronavirus aid
Member of the Sons of the American Revolution and Sons of Confederate Veterans
Stop the Great Replacement, End Opioid Plague
Healthcare, investing in public schools, promoting entrepreneurs in NWA
Assumed office in 2015
Currently serving on Committee of Natural Resources and Committee of Transportation and Infrastructure
No official website or known platform
Governor Asa Hutchinson cannot run for re-election due to term limits. He has served the office since 2015.
Daughter of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee
Former Press Secretary from 2017 to 2019
Ran the Arkansas Regional Innovation hub
Preschool for all, broadband for Arkansas, mental health resources
Founder and CEO of Dr. Anthony D. Bland Foundation, Inc.
The primaries are set to take place on May 24th, with a runoff to take place on June 21st. Early voting opens up on May 9th and will be available from 8 AM to 6 PM until May 23rd.