First round of entertainment in Senate District 5 will be the Republican primary because incumbent Sen. Bryan King has said he’s not retiring from office after all and he faces opposition from Republican Rep. Bullet Bob Ballinger.

Then comes the general election. Jim Wallace, a resident of rural Carroll County, has announced his Democratic candidacy for the seat. A release said Wallace, 60, is a political novice, but “He believes it’s important to put non-politicians in government, regular folks who are not beholden to special interests and corporate lobbyists.”

Wallace touts his community service — a firefighter and emergency responder for the Inspiration Point Volunteer Fire Department; an organizer of support for food pantries, board member of the Lane House after-school program and volunteer at Clear Spring School. He’s a potter by trade and has operated Paradise Pottery since 1988. He cites health care, rural hospitals, food insecurity, the environment, renewable energy and the opioid and meth epidemics among interests.

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The father of two grown daughters, Olivia and Maija, and a four-year-old granddaughter, Wallace lives five miles west of Eureka Springs with his partner, Shannon Magee, and a menagerie of rescue animals including three dogs, four cats, two goats and a horse. He is a member of Unitarian Universalist Church in Eureka Springs. 

The district covers all of Madison County, most of Carroll County and parts of five other counties.

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