State Home, District 22
Brian Hester (R)
Employment: Actual property appraiser
Residency: Fayetteville, three years
Schooling: Attended, College of Arkansas, Fayetteville and North Arkansas School, Harrison
Political Expertise: Unsuccessful bid for state Home, 2020
Don McNaughton (R)
Residency: Fayetteville; lived within the district 22 years
Schooling: Fayetteville Excessive College graduate
Political expertise: None
Two businessmen will face one another within the Republican major for state Home District 22.
The winner will run towards state Rep. David Whitaker, D-Fayetteville, who seeks his sixth time period within the Legislature.
The district consists of Farmington together with elements of Prairie Grove and Fayetteville.
The Republican contenders within the Could 24 major are Brian Hester, an actual property appraiser, and Don McNaughton, a Realtor.
Whitaker, an legal professional, faces no major opposition. The overall election is Nov. 8.
Hester ran towards Whitaker unsuccessfully in 2020, with Whitaker profitable 55% of the vote. However district boundaries modified in 2021, taking out sections of Fayetteville.
The state redraws legislative district strains after every U.S. census so every member represents an equal variety of folks. There are 100 Home districts. The federal authorities conducts a census each 10 years.
Home members serve two-year phrases and obtain a base wage of $44,357.
The district was closely Democratic when he ran in 2020, Hester mentioned, “and I nonetheless caught my neck out as a result of it was well worth the battle.”
“The boundary modifications transfer the district a little bit bit to the suitable. I believe it is clear the state and a lot of the nation is ravenous for true conservative management,” he mentioned.
“If elected I will battle abortion tooth and nail,” Hester mentioned. “I will let nothing creep in to weaken our legal guidelines on abortion.”
He pledged to be a powerful supporter of gun house owners’ rights.
“I will not let important race concept be taught in Arkansas,” he mentioned, referring to the examine of how race influenced legal guidelines and establishments.
States are the final line of protection from federal authorities overreach, Hester mentioned. He’ll oppose authorities mandates and push again towards threats to private liberties, he mentioned.
“After I knocked doorways in 2020, the query folks requested most frequently was whether or not I used to be for or towards Trump,” Hester mentioned, referring to then-President Donald Trump. “This 12 months, that query is, are you a RINO?”
That time period refers to “Republican in title solely.”
Hester mentioned major voters will be assured he’s a real Republican who will absolutely assist conservative ideas, not cut price them away within the legislative course of.
As a small enterprise proprietor, Hester mentioned he’ll give attention to making authorities extra environment friendly and responsive and maintain the road on spending and taxes. District 22 residents wish to maintain extra of the cash they earn, he mentioned.
Hester is a brother of state Sen. Bart Hester, R-Cave Springs, who the Senate picked to be the incoming Senate president.
Working as an appraiser makes him aware of the challenges folks face in shopping for a house within the area, Hester mentioned. He mentioned he sees no finish quickly to rising home costs within the space.
“The availability is simply not there,” he mentioned.
McNaughton additionally sees rising house costs as a problem for folks shifting to the realm and mentioned the explanations for therefore many individuals shifting to this rising space helped spur him to run for the workplace.
“I am in a novel place to speak to folks about why they arrive to Northwest Arkansas,” McNaughton mentioned. “They inform me they need a protected place to reside and lift their youngsters. They inform me about efforts by ‘defund the police’ teams within the locations they arrive from and the way they did not really feel protected, in order that they pulled up stakes. The additionally talked about what they weren’t allowed to do and the way they need the liberty to go to work and pay their payments.”
“The extra I heard about why folks transfer to Northwest Arkansas, the extra I needed to ensure these issues they’re speaking about do not occur right here,” he mentioned.
McNaughton mentioned he can be a powerful supporter of regulation enforcement and gun house owners’ rights within the Legislature. He would additionally assist veterans and is pro-life, he mentioned.
“I am not a politician,” he mentioned. “I am a small businessman and have been since I used to be 16 years previous.”
McNaughton’s father was a veteran of the Vietnam Battle, he mentioned.
“I consider in giving all of the assist we will to the individuals who have served this nation to assist them get again into civilian life,” he mentioned.
Working households within the district want much less “pink tape” and decrease taxes, McNaughton mentioned. Freedom from ever-increasing and unnecessary laws of companies is one more reason folks transfer to this area, and one other side of life in Northwest Arkansas he desires to guard.
Even right here, cities “might make it simpler to construct a home,” he mentioned. However the demand for housing right here far outstrips provide. That drawback has no straightforward, fast resolution, he mentioned.