ARKANSAS (KNWA/KFTA) — We take a closer look at competitive races that will impact Northwest Arkansans on Election Day (November 3, 2020).

State House District 86 is in Washington County. Members serve two-year terms with term limits of no more than 16 years in either or both legislative chambers throughout their lifetime, per Ballotpedia.

U.S. House of Representatives, District 86, is currently represented by Nicole Clowney (D). Also running for District 86 is John La Tour (R).

Nicole Clowney

Nicole Clowney was first elected in 2019 to represent District 86.

Clowney is on the House Judiciary Committee and the House State Agencies & Govt’l Affairs Committee.

She teaches at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Clowney has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and a law degree from Yale University.

John La Tour

John La Tour (R) is a long-time Fayetteville resident and business owner, according to his campaign website.

He has a master’s in business administration from the University of Arkansas.

His primary job is as a certified public accountant.

In 2007 he earned a Juris Doctorate from Oak Brook College and established his law practice in 2010.

KNWA/FOX24 asked the candidates three general questions about Arkansas

  • Briefly, what are the issues you feel need to be immediately addressed within your district, for example, roads, water systems, environment, community safety?
  • When the pandemic hit, in hindsight, what are the first three steps that need/should be done to protect people, in your opinion?
  • Overall, what can Arkansas do to improve its economy?


a. With the growth of the population in our district, traffic will continue to be an issue.  We need to improve access to the residents that live west of I-49.  Work is currently underway at the Weddington Exit.  This will help, but more is needed.
b. Our entire state needs to get back to work.  We can use common-sense measures to ensure safety.
c.  We need to ensure that all persons are respected, and treated with dignity as we move Arkansas forward.

I agree with the actions taken by our governor:  a.) Temporarily close organizations where social distancing is difficult to achieve.  I would open these as soon as possible to ensure their long term financial health.  b.) educate the public in their native language as to the dangers of Covid-19 and methods of mitigating the transmission. c.)  Apply these rules without regard to organizational purposes or goals.  The rules should be applied on a strict basis of mitigation.

NWA should be the Silicon Valley of the South.  Our state government can encourage this by offering economic incentives to organizations to locate in our district.

John S. La Tour, State House District 86 candidate