Two more candidates have entered the District 26 state Senate race. State Rep. Eddie Cheatham, a Crossett Democrat, told Seark Today that he will be a candidate for the seat, and Mike Akin, a Monticello Republican, has created a Facebook page announcing his candidacy. Former state Rep. Gregg Reep announced earlier that he will be a candidate.
Cheatham is a retired educator who taught vocational technology education for 19 years in the Crossett School District and 16 years at the Forest Echoes Vo-Tech School (now the University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology at Crossett).
He is currently serving his third term in the state legislature where he is chairman of the House Education Committee.
Cheatham, 64, believes his experience as a vocational educator and chairmanship of the House Education Committee would be a great asset for a state senator representing Southeast Arkansas because the three most important issues in this area of the state are the economy, job creation and education.
Akin, a Monticello businessman, is a former member of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and is a member of the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees. He has not made an official announcement but has created a Facebook page which indicates that he will be a Republican candidate for the seat.
The seat, currently held by term-limited Crossett Democrat Jimmy Jeffress, includes Ashley, Bradley, Chicot and Drew counties and portions of Desha, Lincoln and Cleveland counties.