by Max Brantley
Speaking of final-day filings:
Something of an anomaly has developed for the older portion of Little Rock -- a contested Republican primary race for House. Kelly Eichler has filed to oppose Ed Linck in the Republican primary race for District 38, which includes the Heights. Jeff Dailey has filed as a Democrat for the seat now held by Democratic Rep. David Johnson, who is running for Senate.
Noted: Eichler is president of the Forest Park PTA,many of whose members provided organizational heft for Melanie Fox in her successful race for Little Rock School Board in 2006. Also noted: She lists an address on Longtree, which is not in the district, we're told, but a campaign office on Crestwood, which is in the district. The Crestwood address is the address she listed when she contributed to Mike Huckabee's presidential campaign. UPDATE: The final version of the secretary of state's filings puts her address as being on Crestwood. I''ve placed a call to try to clarify.
UPDATE: The Democrats will have a primary, too. As I said might happen, Little Rock lawyer John Edwards has joined the field and he and Jeff Dailey will square off. This is a race to watch. Dailey comes from a political family. Edwards has credits from the Clinton administration and service in Iraq. Eichler worked for Huckabee. Linck is part of the Arkansas Young Professionals Network. They seek election in a district including the Heights but also a broad swath along the north side of Highway 10 that votes heavily.
UPDATE: I believe Eichler is one in the same as Kelly Pace, who aided and abetted Mike Huckabee's disdain for the Freedom of Information Act on at least one occasion during his reign. I'd have asked if she had returned my call about that and her general view on the FOI, which John Edwards volunteered was a passion of his. Perhaps tomorrow. Or perhaps she'll continue the former governor's approach of dealing with the Arkansas Times. We'll see what kind of public servant she proposes to be.