Election 2006: Preview of District 75 Arkansas House of Representatives

November 2, 2006 - Posted at 6:15 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR -- Elections are just around the corner and many folks in Region 8 are still making up their minds about who they are going to vote for.

We begin our continuing election coverage with a preview of Democrat candidate Joan Cash and Republican nominee Billie Sue Hoggard both running for the District 75 Arkansas House of Representatives....the seat vacated by Dustin McDaniel.

In a game of politics often dominated by men...it's a change of pace to see two female candidates vying for office.  Regardless of who wins, it's for certain District 75 will be led from a woman's perspective.  Education, health care and taxes...all hot topics for candidates in Region 8.

"Health issues are a big issue.  Forty-four percent of the Arkansans do not have health insurance and that is about 15-20% of the people in the district we live in," said Cash.

"I would like the grocery tax to be eliminated because I think that would help the very poorest as well as the middle class, it would help everyone," said Hoggard, "Then I've never liked the used car tax, that's a tax I think is unfair."

Both candidates say the campaign for the District 75 seat has been positive ones.

"I teach kids, I try to make a difference in their lives every day and I want to do the same thing at the state level.  I want to be able to try to make a difference in the lives of the people of Jonesboro when I go to the state capital," said Hoggard.

"I have the experience to do the job.  I feel like that the things that are important to my life are my church, my family and my community," said Cash.

Billie Sue Hoggard has been a classroom teacher for 28 years and was born and raised in Craighead County.  She graduated from Arkansas State University with a Bachelor's and Master's in Elementary Education.  She is also a certified administrator and National Board Certified.

Joan Cash is the widow of former State Representative Claud Cash and spent 15 years as a volunteer in public schools and served as her church preschool director and vacation bible school director for 20 years.  She is also a member of the Regional Chamber of Commerce and Jonesboro Rotary Club.

Voters are able to cast their ballots early and Election Day is next Tuesday. K8 News will have complete coverage of all local and state races that day.