This article covers Congressional candidates from Arkansas for the midterm election this November. To access our Arkansas primary review, click here. To learn more about Sustainable Politician Project and our ranking system, read our full intro here.
In the summaries that we provide for incumbents, we include a score based on their “LCV” score. The LCV is the League of Conservation Voters, and they track incumbent’s votes on major environmental policies that are going through Congress. If you want to know more about the LCV, click here
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Our Primary Pick: Chintan Desai – Rank: Good
- Project Manager, KIPP Delta Public Schools, 2016-present
- Manager, Community Partnerships, Teach For America, 2014-2016
- Executive Assistant, KIPP Delta Public Schools, 2012-2014
- Corps Member, Teach for America, 2010-2012
According to Chintan’s website, here’s what he values in greenhouse gas emission reduction:
- 80% reductions of greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050 (he’s measuring these levels against levels recorded in 1990)
- Establish a cap-and-trade system to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, and reducing the cap every year, and
- Auctioning off the right to emit a certain quantity of greenhouse gases.
- By auctioning off the right to emit more greenhouse gas, the proceeds would go towards funding research and implementing renewable energy.
Although Chintan has a platform on renewable energy, it’s not terribly extensive. We don’t know his thoughts on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the agriculture industry, which is a super important aspect of running in District 1 (and in Arkansas in general). He is, however, a more viable green option than the Incumbent, Rick Crawford, who has voted against EPA regulations of greenhouse gas emissions in the world of agriculture, and also has not introduced or voted positively on introducing effective and cheaper methods of renewable, sustainable energy to farmers all throughout District 1 and America.
Crawford has done next to nothing for the environment. Don’t let his expertise on agri-business make you think that he isn’t buying into the huge agri-business trusts. His voting record when it comes to anything related to preserving and cleaning the environment is absolutely abysmal and he has not made any statements regarding the development of sustainable energy. His overall LCV score is 5% (source).
Elvis Presley (L) – Rank: Unknown
Elvis does not have any information available about his environmental policy platform.
Hill doesn’t have an impressive voting record when it comes to anything green. He has introduced and expressed his interest in preserving historical environmental landmarks that are native to Arkansas, but other than this single perk to his time in Congress, Hill’s environmental protection efforts have gone largely, shall we say, downhill. His LCV score is a jolly 4% (source).
Clarke Tucker (D) – Rank: Good
Tucker has a better outlook on keeping the planet around that his current representative. He wants to invest in renewable energy sources like wind, solar, and hydro. He wants to keep regulations in place that protect the environment, but he makes no mention of how to strengthen them. Tucker supports rejoining the Paris Climate Accord, which also means adopting the priorities and goals that are coming from the Accord. We support all this.
The only downside that we can see about Tucker is that his ideas are underdeveloped. We would like to see more detail about carbon emission reduction, pollution management, and renewable energy research and implementation.
Joe Swafford (L) – Rank: Unknown
Joe does not address renewable energy.
Here are the comments we had about Womack from the primaries:
Womack believes in an all-of-the-above approach to energy, meaning he prioritizes America becoming energy independent before developing renewable energy initiatives or technology.
- He voted to pass a bill that would delay the compliance date for ground-level ozone standards.
- His voting records suggest that he’s more interested in industry and big business that protecting the earth or his constituents.
Womack’s LCV score is at 3% (source). He’s into big business and padding his pockets, not renewable energy independence or environmental regulations that are a matter of public health and safety. Time for Womack to see his way out of Congress.
Joshua Mahony (D) – Rank: Good
Mahoney has a good strategy for renewable energy. He sees that a lot of the people in District 3 need blue collar jobs, and he wants to bring them to the district in the form of renewable energy. Rebuilding energy infrastructure to use renewable energy and retraining workers that have predominantly worked in the fossil fuel industry to work with renewable energy is Mahoney’s MO. He wants to incentivize businesses to switch to renewable energy and train their employees in sustainability as well.
Since Arkansas has a huge impact in the agriculture community in America, Mahoney’s platform focuses on chicken and poultry farmers and their use of solar energy to reduce their energy costs and their impact on the environment. He also supports research and development of sustainable energy. Overall, we like Mahony’s platform, we just wish we would speak a little more on the pollution crisis and environmental regulations.
Michael Kalagias (L) – Rank: Unknown
Kalagias does have any information available on his sustainable energy and environmental protection platform.
Jason Tate (Write-In) – Rank: Unknown
Tate has little information available about any of his platforms, much less sustainability.
Our primary pick: Hayden Shamel (D) – Rank: Good
According to Hayden’s website, the best way to get the economy of Arkansas going is to start bringing in sustainable energy. She also is a strong believer in protecting the environment for future generations. Without renewable energy and without the help of the federal government to curb greenhouse gas emissions, Arkansas will soon no longer have the thriving agriculture that it’s known for. Hayden is also a supporter of protecting public lands and keeping water and air clean, particularly by reducing carbon and methane emissions.
Westerman has no information readily available about his general platform, which is always a red flag for us. Since he has no statements about any issues currently, we went ahead and did a thorough check into his voting records, which are abysmal. He has not voted, not a single time, during his stint in Congress, to protect the environment, to maximize protection against pollution and natural disasters associated with climate change, and doesn’t care a single whit about sustainable energy. His LCV scorecard score is 1% (source). Westerman does not care about the future of his kids, or grandkids. He cares about lining his pockets with large donations from large corporations that are exploiting Arkansas’s natural beauty. Time to get Westerman out.
Tom Canada (L) – Rank: Unknown
This Canada does not have any stances on sustainable energy that we know of.
SusanAnn Martin (Write-In) – Rank: Unknown
Martin does not have enough information available about sustainability to rank.