The Democrat previously oversaw elections in Pulaski County.
Josh Price, a former Pulaski County Election Commissioner, announced his candidacy for Secretary of State yesterday. Price is seeking the Democratic nomination and said he’s running to protect the voting rights of all Arkansans.
“Out of touch politicians are making it harder for people to vote. That’s just not right,” Price said. “Rural voters, seniors, single mothers, working-class Arkansans — they’re all facing new hurdles to exercising their American right to vote.”
Price was born in southwest Arkansas and grew up in Delight. He graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and currently works as a small business consultant.
As an election commissioner for Pulaski County, Price opened additional early voting locations, replaced 20-year-old voting machines and trained hundreds of poll workers during the pandemic. He was the first Asian American to serve in this position and was one of only four AAPI government officials in Arkansas at the time, according to a press release.
Price is the only Democrat who has announced their candidacy. He is challenging Republican incumbent Secretary of State John Thurston. State Representative Mark Lowery is also seeking the Republican nomination.
The primary election is scheduled for May 2022 and the General Election is in November 2022.