In a landslide victory over Republican challenger John LaTour, Democratic incumbent Rep. Nicole Clowney was re-elected to represent District 86 in the Arkansas House of Representatives.
With more than 94% of precincts reporting as of 10:55 p.m. Tuesday, Clowney won 71% of the vote. LaTour, a Fayetteville business owner and former city alderman, won 29%.
Clowney was first elected in 2018, and has served on the House Judiciary Committee and the House State Agencies & Govt'l Affairs Committee since the beginning of 2019.
“I just wanted to be a voice that brought a little bit of unity, a little bit of reason and a little bit of level head to politics,” Clowney said.
Clowney, an attorney, UA lecturer, and mother of two daughters, said she wants to bring open-minded diversity to Arkansas politics. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Clowney said she was influenced by her parents, both educators, to emphasize the importance of public service. This experience fueled her passion for education, which she claims as her “core value.”
According to her campaign website, Clowney plans to push for universal pre-K, ensuring quality education for all Arkansan children. She said she also wants to promote teaching as a respected profession.
After receiving a bachelor's degree from The University of Chicago and a J.D. from Yale University, Clowney clerked for Chief Judge Robert H. Henry on the United States 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. She later worked for a non-profit law firm dedicated to children’s law issues.
With a passion for education and the leaders of tomorrow, Clowney currently teaches at the UofA. A vigilant member of the Fayetteville community, Clowney advocates for causes like Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. She resides in Fayetteville with her husband Steve and her two daughters.
If reelected to serve District 86, Clowney promises “to continue to work hard, putting the well-being of Arkansans over party ideology to create a better Arkansas for us all,” she said.