Podcast: How Much Does Running for Arkansas House & Senate Cost?

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Just how much money does it cost to run for the Arkansas House of Representatives or Senate? This question and more answered in our weekly podcast. 

This week’s guests are Rep. Greg Leding, D-Fayetteville, and Zachary Sellers, a law student at the University of Arkansas who made an unsuccessful bid for the House in 2014.

The first hurdle for anyone wanting to run for House or Senate in Arkansas is a filing fee. It’s a fee one pays to the Democratic Party of Arkansas or the Republican Party of Arkansas to get their name on the ballot and in front of voters. 

Filling fees for Democrats are $3,500 for House candidates and $4,500 for Senate candidates. Filing fees for Republicans are $3,000 for House candidates and $7,500 for Senate candidates. 

Listen to the episode below for more information on what filing fees go toward and other campaign costs. 

After the recording, Leding mentioned it is possible to avoid paying the filing fee as Democratic candidates can gather signatures and petition the party for a file fee waiver. The final decision is up to the party.

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