Arkansas Attorney General

Employer / Organization

Arkansas

Next Election

Mar 06, 2018

Filing Window

Nov 06, 2017 - Nov 13, 2017

Description

The Attorney General of Arkansas is an executive position and constitutional officer within the Arkansas state government. The attorney general is the chief law enforcement officer of the state of Arkansas. He or she serves as legal representation for state agencies and officers, provides official opinions on legal issues and represents the state in criminal appeals. The attorney general also represents Arkansas Medicaid in cases of fraud and neglect and pursues violations of consumer protection law. The office of attorney general's duties include representing state agencies and officers in court and providing them with legal advice and opinions related to their official duties. The attorney general also enforces state consumer protection, antitrust and environmental law. He or she pursues fraud cases regarding the state Medicaid program and handles "all criminal appeals and habeas corpus cases on behalf of the state." The attorney general's office also administers several public service programs, including the Crime Victims Reparations Program, which "assists victims of crime by providing financial assistance to eligible individuals or their dependents." Other initiatives include "Smart Choices, Better Chances," a juvenile law-education program and the Arkansas Missing Children Services Program, "which works to protect the children of our state by serving as a statewide clearinghouse for missing-and-exploited children." The salary for this office is $72,408/year.

Application Guidelines
To file for this position follow these three steps: 1) Contact the Arkansas Secretary of State Election Division's office to confirm that your registered address qualifies you for the position you intend to run for, and that you meet other office specific qualifications. 2) Complete the required candidacy paperwork including a filing fee, campaign finance forms, candidate information, a political practice pledge and other office specific requirements. The type of forms to be submitted differ depending on the type of position you intend to run for. If you plan to run as member of a political party, you must submit a receipt from the political party acknowledging you are able to run as a member of that party. Independent candidates must submit petitions with a stipulated number of signatures (in place of a political party receipt). Once completed, file these papers with the Arkansas Secretary of State Election Division office. 3) Submit the filing paperwork with the stipulated amount of signatures during the filing window to the Arkansas Secretary of State Election Division's Office in order to appear on the ballot. The filing window runs from the 1st Monday in November until the 2nd Monday in November prior to the election. Listed below is the phone number of the Arkansas Secretary of State Election Division's office, which serves as the point of contact for any questions or concerns. Arkansas Elections Division: 1-800-482-1127. More information can be found here: http://www.sos.arkansas.gov/elections/Documents/2016%20Election%20Calendar%20Final.pdf