Smith, Looney file campaign finance reports in District 58

Smith, Looney file campaign finance reports in District 58
Nate Looney (Source: Arkansas Secretary of State)
Nate Looney (Source: Arkansas Secretary of State)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - It is a battle, both politically and financially, as two candidates for a state House seat in Craighead County submitted campaign finance reports this week.

According to the Arkansas Secretary of State's office, both Republican incumbent Rep. Brandt Smith of Jonesboro and his Democratic opponent, attorney Nate Looney of Jonesboro, are seeking the District 58 seat.

The seat covers most of the Jonesboro area, with officials in both parties making a win in the fall a top priority.

Smith reported raising $12,600 during August, while Looney brought in $3,961.28 in contributions over the same period. Smith, who was elected in 2014 defeating then-State Rep. and now Jonesboro mayoral candidate Harold Copenhaver, also spent $6,164.40 as Looney spent $2,327.42 during August.

However, Looney has reported raising more money than Smith so far this season ($72,902.29 for Looney; $50,830 for Smith).

As for August major contributions, Smith received $2,700 from the Little Rock-based House Leadership PAC and $100 each from Reps. John Payton, R-Wilburn; Nelda Speaks, R-Mountain Home; and Ken Bragg, R-Sheridan.

During August, Looney received $1,000 from Yelp Vice President of Policy Luther Lowe; $500 from former University of Arkansas Chancellor G. David Gearhart; and $20.16 from University of Arkansas Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Health Center Director Mary Alice Serafini.

Thursday was the deadline to file campaign finance reports with the Secretary of State's office.

The general election is Nov. 8.

Secretary of State campaign finance reports online: http://www.sos.arkansas.gov/filing_search/index.php/filing/search/new

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