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Arkansas Congressional seat up for grabs

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Healthcare, economy, and jobs, these are just some of the big issues voters are considering in this year's Arkansas elections.
    
It's been only about eight months since Congressman Tom Cotton took office, but the Fourth District Congressional seat is up for grabs again.

Cotton is now running for the U.S. Senate seat for Arkansas.
    
So far, two republicans and one democrat are vying for Cotton's seat.
    
In the Fourth District Congressional race , State House Majority Leader Rep. Bruce Westerman and businessman Tommy Moll are running for the GOP nomination.
    
Educator Janis Percefull is seeking the democratic nomination.
    
All three candidates are from Hot springs, Arkansas.

"I think it's probably still too early to make a determination as to who the main frontrunner will be, said Steve Harrelson, Former Arkansas State Senator.

Although it may not be the best year for democrats to run, Harrelson says the election will be big for the state, especially for a non-presidential year.   

"This congressional district probably leans republican, at least at this time, now that may change in 2016," said Harrelson.
 
Harrelson says most Southwest Arkansas voters are interested in issues concerning health care, economy and jobs.
    
Miller County Patriots Vice President Dwayne Hall says he interested in hearing from all the candidates.

"We're concerned about the growth and size of government spinning out of control," said Hall. "We want to send someone to congress that's going to hold the line on those things."

Janis Percefull, a Community College Instructor from Hot Springs, is the only announced democratic candidate for the 4th district.

So far, without an announced opponent for her party's nomination, she has been the least engaged candidate.
    
Percefull faces some tough challengers who will be campaigning against the nation's top democrat Barack Obama.

House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman says he's running because he believed state lawmakers' hands were tied by federal laws such as the health care overhaul.

"I'm running for congress because the top down government of Barack Obama, the government that picks winners and losers is simply unfair to hard-working Arkansans," said Westerman.  

Conservative businessman Tommy Moll says his campaign will focus on jobs and the economy.

"What I want to do is go to Washington and push back on President Obama's agenda and help get the economy going again in Arkansas," said Moll.

Lt. Governor Mark Darr dropped out of the race last month amid ethics questions over his campaign finance reports.
    
Harrelson says the race is nevertheless heating up and more candidates could soon be joining the race for congress.  

"I think you may see some conservative democrats or more moderate republicans who get in that may have some appeal across the political spectrum," said Harrelson.

The primaries will be next Spring and election will be on November 4th.

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