Money piles up in race for Bentonville Ward 1, position 1 seat

BENTONVILLE — Two political newcomers looking to take over Division 1, position 1 in the city council, reported more than a combined $16,000 in campaign contributions, according to the campaign’s pre-election financial reports.

Allyson de la Houssaye and Beckie Seba are on the ballot to replace Tim Robinson, a councilor since 2015 who has declined to be re-elected. Election day is Tuesday.

De la Houssaye reported $8,530 in contributions. Most were in the $100 to $250 range, but there were two $2,500 contributions from Don Walsh and Audrey Walsh of Westlake, Ohio. She also reported a $2,000 loan from herself, according to her report.

De la Houssaye is executive director of Women of OZ, a nonprofit women’s mountain bike group.

Seba reported contributions of $7,533 and a personal loan of $2,654. She had spent $5,451 as of Tuesday. Her largest contribution was $2,900 from Rausch Coleman PAC, according to her report.

Seba is senior vice president, real estate agent at Weichert, Realtors-The Griffin Co. in Bentonville.

The city council consists of eight members, two members per ward.

The Position 1 seats in all four divisions are eligible this cycle. Challengers in the other three races received more cash contributions than the incumbents.

Council members are generally elected in the city, but represent wards. There are two members from each ward, for a total of eight councilors. Councilors are paid $808 a month.

Division 2, Position 1

Incumbent Cindy Acree reported two contributions totaling $1,600, while opponent Ragan Hensley reported $9,325 in cash contributions and expenses of $8,236. Most of her contributions were in the $100 to $200 range, according to their financial reports.

Acree is CEO of Habitat for Humanity Benton County. Hensley is a merchant at the Sam’s Club Home Office.

Department 3, Position 1

The incumbent Aubrey Patterson showed two contributions totaling $1,600 and expenses of $1,205. Tyler Masters, her opponent, reported $4,900 in contributions and $4,012 in expenses, according to their financial reports.

Patterson is a teacher at Bentonville High School. Masters is a people operations manager at Stratice LLC in Bentonville.

Department 4, Position 1

Incumbent Octavio Sanchez reported $3,000 in contributions and $2,954 in expenses, according to his financial report.

Challenger Tom Hoehn showed $3,850 in contributions and three loans of his own totaling $4,828. He spent $8,682 and had a negative balance of $3.62. His largest individual contribution was $500, according to his financial report.

Sanchez retired as a database administrator for Walmart in 2021. Hoehn is executive vice president for digital and social at 4media Group.

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