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Collins-Smith announces State Senate candidacy

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Before a crowd of well wishers, friends, family and fellow Republican's, State Representative Linda Collins-Smith announced on Nov. 15 that she will seek a state Senate seat, during a luncheon at Lyon College in Batesville.

Collins-Smith was elected as a Democrat in November 2010, and, in August of 2011, announced she was switching to the Republican party.

The 49-year-old freshman lawmaker said she was raised a Democrat, but that the party has moved too far to the left and no longer represents her constituents.

Collins-Smith currently represents Randolph County and a portion of Sharp County in northeastern Arkansas. Her district, however, was redrawn under a plan recently approved by the Arkansas Board of Apportionment, putting her in the same district with another incumbent, Rep. Lori Benedict, R-Salem, starting with the 2012 election cycle.

Collins- Smith said, "I have known many of you for a long time. Others I have met only recently. But I treasure my friendships, and I look forward to knowing each of you even better than I do today, and working side-by-side with you to bring our state government back to the values of the good and decent people of Arkansas."

Collins-Smith is seeking the newly formed District 19 State Senate seat.

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