Arkansas US Senator John Boozman Gets A Republican Primary Opponent

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Curtis Coleman campaigning for governor in 2013.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR

A Little Rock Republican announced Monday (Nov. 9) he will take on U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., in next year’s Republican primary.

“It’s time Arkansas and the Constitution of the United States had a champion in the U.S. Senate,” noted language on the website of Curtis Coleman Monday. “Curtis Coleman is a courageous conservative who is passionately committed to the Constitution.”

As of Monday morning, Coleman had not filed with the Secretary of State’s office, but he tells Talk Business & Politics that he will file around 11 a.m. Monday morning.

The run will be Coleman’s third run for elected office in the past several years. He finished fifth in the 2010 GOP Senate primary, picking up about 5% of the vote that year. Recently, Coleman ran for governor in the 2014 primary, losing by a three-to-one margin over now-Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Coleman said he thinks Boozman is a nice guy, but after many people encouraged Coleman to run based on the incumbent’s voting record, he said he decided to get in.

“I had not planned to run for this office,” Coleman said. “I’m not sure I planned to run again.” But after emails and texts, which Coleman contends ramped up in recent days, he said a look at Boozman’s voting record weighed in his decision. “People are unhappy with John’s voting record,” Coleman said, citing votes for raising the debt ceiling, No Child Left Behind, and what he called “bigger government” programs in energy, agriculture and trade.

Democrat Conner Eldridge and Libertarian Frank Gilbert filed last week, while Boozman filed earlier today.