Competition Heating up for Late Senator's Seat

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) -- Competition for the seat left by the late Sen. Greg Standridge, R-Russellville is heating up, with three Republicans and one Democrat all vying to represent the district.

Teresa Gallegos of Russellville announced her candidacy on Thursday for Senate District 16, which stretches from Russellville to Green Forest. 

Gallegos serves as a board member of the Russellville Community Market and volunteers her time at River Valley Food 4 Kids. She's also vice chair of the Democratic Party of Pope County. 

Gallegos' announcement comes after Russellville School Board member Breanne Davis said she'd run for the seat as a Republican.

Luke Heffley and Bob Bailey are also seeking the seat as Republican candidates. 

Bailey describes himself as "very conservative" and owns Bailey Signature Firearms. He's also a concealed handgun carry license instructor. 

Heffley works at the Arkansas Tech University library. In the past, he worked for Gov. Mike Huckabee's administration.


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