State Senator Joyce Elliott (D) is officially running against Rep. French Hill (R) in the 2020 race for Arkansas’ 2nd District in the U.S. Congress.
Elliott currently serves in the Arkansas Senate for the 31st District, a seat she has held since 2009. Elliott is also the former Majority Leader of the state Senate.
Rep. Hill was challenged in the last cycle by then-state Rep. Clarke Tucker, and held his U.S. congressional seat by a margin of seven percent, winning 52.1 percent of the vote.
Elliott carries a large following and should prove to be a worthy challenger to upset at least some portion of the Republican stronghold in Arkansas. She emerged to file her paperwork amidst raucous cheers and applause, with many members of the general public in attendance adorned in “Moms Demand Action” shirts and posters in support of the senator and her candidacy.
Elliott held a press conference afterward, where she said, matter-of-factly, “I am Joyce Elliott, and I am running for U.S. Congress.”
The senator went on to say that she recognized that things needed to change, both around Arkansas and in Washington. “[And] I am not one to whine about it … When work needs to be done, I am not one to wait for others.”
Should Elliott win, she would become the first woman to ever represent Arkansas’ 2nd District, and the first person of color to represent the district since reconstruction.
The general election for the seat will be on November 3, 2020.