Ronnie Spence, a Republican candidate for state House, has been fined $150 and issued a letter of caution by the state Ethics Commission for failing to file a statement of financial interest in 2011, failing to file two monthly campaign finance reports in 2012 and failing to file a carryover fund report from a 2010 election.

Spence is challenging Democratic Rep. Mary Broadaway of Paragould and Democrats jumped on the misstep, which follows news of an illegal property tax doubledip by a Republican House candidate in Jonesboro, Jack Ladyman. (Same problem as that discovered pertaining to Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson).


“It’s surprising that Ronnie Spence thought he was above the law and failed to file the appropriate forms at the appropriate times,” said Greene County Democratic Vice Chair Marvin Exum. “Many of the Republicans in Northeast Arkansas seem to be having trouble following the rules lately, and Ronnie Spence is just the latest example. Northeast Arkansas voters are sick and tired of dishonesty and it’s clear they can’t trust Ronnie Spence.”