Ark District 2 Congressional Race Heats Up

Oct 13, 2020

Arkansas District 2 Congressional candidates debate as state Senator Joyce Elliot (D) and Rep. French Hill (R) appear on during a televised debate on Arkansas Public Broadcasting 10.12.20.
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ARK CONGRESSIONAL  RACE – The race for Arkansas’ District 2 Congressional seat has become unexpectedly tight  as incumbent  Republican  Rep. French Hill and Democratic challenger Joyce Elliott have clashed over President Donald Trump's tax cuts and the efforts to repeal the  Affordabale Care Act  in their only debate last night. During the debate which was televised by Arkansas PBS,  Congressman  Hill criticized Elliott  over her opposition to the  2017  tax cuts.

"My opponent says she would've voted no on the 2017 tax cut and jobs act," Hill said. "She's against that $2,000 benefit to working families in this country. She has supported tax increases here in Arkansas."

Rep. French Hill (R) Incumbent - Arkansas District 2
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Elliott  criticized Hill for his votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act. 

"He was supporting an effort to take away your health care and your pre-existing condition protection,"Elliot explained. "That cannot work for families in district 2."

Joyce Elliott is a member of the Arkansas State Senate, where she has served since 2009.  She taught high school for 30 years in public schools.

State Senator Joyce Elliot (D) Challenger - Arkansas District 2
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French Hill is a sitting congressman who has served Arkansas' 2nd District since 2015. He was previously the CEO and chair of the Board Delta Trust and Banking Corporation before it was bought by Simmons Bank in 2014.  Political  observers   expect  the  Arkansas  Congressional  race  to be a  close  one.