Incumbent state Sen. Stephanie Flowers defeated state Rep. Efrem Elliott in the state Senate District 25 Democratic Primary Tuesday. Flowers will face Libertarian candidate David Dinwiddie in the Nov. 6 general election.

Incumbent state Sen. Stephanie Flowers defeated state Rep. Efrem Elliott in the state Senate District 25 Democratic Primary Tuesday. Flowers will face Libertarian candidate David Dinwiddie in the Nov. 6 general election.

With six of six counties reporting, Flowers received 4,586 votes or 58.47 percent while Elliott received 3,257 votes or 41.53 percent. Flowers carried all counties connected with the race — Jefferson, Arkansas, Lincoln, Desha, Monroe and Phillips.

Flowers is happy that the primary campaign is behind her and that she came out the winner, she said.

“Of course I’m very happy that we were successful with our campaign,” Flowers said Wednesday. “I am happy that we were able to maintain a positive campaign and a campaign with integrity. I think it was important to do that. As public officials we are obligated to set examples for young people and others who might be interested in running for office.”

She thanks God and her supporters, she said.

“It gives me much encouragement to know that the overwhelming majority of this district that I have been representing is supportive,” she said.

Flowers said that while the negativity of the campaign with Elliott was trying, the experience gave her a new strength.

“I am thankful to God for the strength to endure that kind of attack,” Flowers said. “I believe that people in my district are familiar with me now. They know that I am honest and try to do what is in the best interests of the district. It makes me stronger to have come through such a battle. I feel stronger and my faith is stronger.”

Elliott contended that Flowers was in favor of moving high level sex offenders and other offenders into a proposed halfway house in west Pine Bluff.

Flowers said that she was not in favor of housing sex offenders at the halfway house because of the high number of sex offenders who already live in the area and the lack of effective support services for them.

According to the Arkansas Department of Community Correction, no final determination has been made on who would be housed at the halfway house.