Amazingly, Arkansas Republicans appear to have chosen as their state treasurer candidate a man whose handle on finances seems pretty tenuous.
State Rep. Mark Lowery, a Republican from Maumelle, has filed for bankruptcy twice, in 1998 and 2017. And complaints with the Arkansas Ethics Commission indicate Lowery failed to file the required financial disclosures on time in nearly every election he’s ever run.
None of that dissuaded voters in the Republican primary. With 96% of the ballots counted, Lowery claimed 75% of the vote. Lowery enjoys name recognition for his blustering and misguided attacks on the 1619 Project and his assault on voting rights during the 2021 legislative session. It’s also possible some voters had him confused with that other Mark Lowry (no “e”), the Christian comedy singer out of Branson, Missouri.
Lowery beat state Sen. Mathew Pitsch (R-Fort Smith) and will face Democrat Pam Whitaker in November.
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