Incumbent candidate has sizable funding lead in House race

Photos: (from left) Nelda Speaks and Paige Dillard Evans

With less than 60 days to the primary elections, the incumbent state representative for District 100, Nelda Speaks of Mountain Home, has a sizable lead in funding, according to information from the Arkansas Secretary of State’s website. District 100 covers a large portion of Baxter County, including the City of Mountain Home.

Online information indicates Speaks has reported contributions of $30,250, a fund balance of $37,208 and expenditures of $5,042. The largest expenditure was a $3,000 filing fee to the Republican Party of Arkansas.

Speaks’ top five donors are Richard R. Soubers, $2,800; AHC-PAC, $2,800; JAG PAC, $2,800; DBH Management Consultants, $2,700; and AHC-HPAC, $2,550.

Speaks is seeking re-election to her fourth two-year term. She is being challenged in the Republican primary by Paige Dillard Evans of Mountain Home.

Evans’ report shows she has contributions of $1,600, a fund balance of $692 and expenditures of $5,907. Her largest expenditure was also a $3,000 filing fee to the Republican Party of Arkansas.

Evans’ top five donors are Ed Coulter, $500; Don Webb and Ron Hayden, both $250; and Bob Robbins and Jolene Taylor, both $200.

The winner of the Republican primary March 3 will face Libertarian candidate Kevin Vornheder of Mountain Home in the November general election.

The 2020 Primary Election with the U.S. president on the ballot was moved forward to March as a result of action taken last year by the Arkansas legislature.

During the regular legislative session, Act 545 was passed leading to Arkansas joining 13 other states holding primaries in March in the years in which the office of president of the United States is on the ballot and a May preferential primary election in the years in which the office of governor is voted on. Only four other states will hold their caucus or primary before March 3.

Due to the holiday on February 17, early voting will begin on Feb. 18, with the deadline to register for the primary being Feb. 3.

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