LITTLE ROCK — A half-dozen Republican state legislative candidates got a financial boost from the national GOP on Wednesday in the final weeks of the party’s push to gain control of the next Arkansas General Assembly.
The national Republican Party’s political action committee GOPAC announced $12,000 in contributions, $2,000 each in three House races and three Senate races.
Doyle Webb, chairman of the Republican Party of Arkansas, and GOPAC President David Avella made the announcement at a news conference.
Republicans currently hold 15 of the 35 Senate seats, and 46 of the 100 House seats.
Webb said the money could be used for print and radio advertising between now and the Nov. 6 general election.
The three Senate candidates who will each receive $2,000 are:
—Rep. Linda Collins-Smith of Pocahontas, who faces Sen. David Wyatt, D-of Batesville, for the District 19 seat.
—Rep. Jane English of North Little Rock, who faces Rep. Barry Hyde, D-North Little Rock, for the District 34 seat.
—Sen. Jason Rapert of Conway, who faces Rep. Linda Tyler, D-Conway, for the District 35 seat.
The three House candidates are:
—Rep. Allen Kerr of Little Rock, who faces Democrat Barbara Graves of Little Rock for the District 32 seat.
—Mary Bentley of Perryville, who faces Rep. John Catlett, D-Rover for the District 73 seat.
—Bill Gossage of Ozark, who faces Rep. Leslee Milam Post, D-Ozark, for the District 82 seat.
Candace Martin, spokeswoman for the Democratic Party of Arkansas Democratic, noted that while the GOP was announcing the campaign contributions, Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe was announcing plans by NextLife Asset Recovery Services to invest $10 million and create 350 jobs at a new plastics recycling plant in Rogers. .
"While some politicians clearly are more interested in groups and the money they bring to the table, Arkansas Democrats are focusing on continuing the agenda that is creating jobs," Martin said.