Count former Arkansas Rep. Jake Files in as a Republican candidate for the state senate in District 13 in Fort Smith. I spoke with Files this afternoon and he says he’s running. The seat is currently held by Republican Sen. Denny Altes, who is term limited and has said he will run for the state House of Representatives next year. (In November 2008, Files told the City Wire he was considering the run.)
In other Senate news, Steve Harrelson’s Under the Dome blog reports today that former Rep. Linda Chesterfield will challenge Hendrix College poli sci prof Jay Barth in the race for Senate district 34. Both are Democrats.
UPDATE: The Tolbert Report says that Republicans Jim Medley and Frank Glidewell are also rumored to be eyeing the seat, and adds that Democratic Rep. Tracy Pennartz may be considering a run.