Cabot’s Ricky Hill is the first to jump into the race to replace Eddie Joe Williams.


Williams, a former Mayor of Cabot, was most recently state Senator for District 29 before resigning to take a federal appointment from President Trump.


Hill, a former Cabot School Board President, announced on Monday he would be a candidate in the race. The district includes portions of Faulkner, Lonoke, Pulaski and White counties and contains all of Cabot.


Gov. Asa Hutchinson set the special election date on May 22, 2018 and candidates can file on noon, Wednesday, Dec. 6 with the filing deadline noon, Wednesday, Dec. 13. All filing must be done with the Secretary of State’s office.


Republicans and Democrats can run for the seat, and if either party race is contested, a primary special election will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.


A runoff, if necessary, would follow one month later on March 13.


A banker with Bank of the Ozarks, Hill also manages his family’s cattle farm.


“As State Senator, I will work to bring decency and common sense back to our political process,” Hill said in a press release. “I will use my experiences to advance Arkansas’ future through improved education, support of our state’s agriculture, and investing in the infrastructure needed to spur job growth.


Hill and his wife Cynthia have been married for 26 years. Their son, Glenn, is an Officer in the United States Navy and is currently stationed at Naval Air Station Pensacola Florida for Flight School. Their daughter, Julie, is a freshman at Texas A&M where she is a member of the Rodeo Team.


Hill was the 2016 Secretary of the Cabot Chamber of Commerce, is a former Board Member of Lonoke County CASA, and was a founding board member of the Keep the Faith Foundation. Additionally, he is an active member of Cabot Rotary Club, the Little Rock Air Force Base Community Council, the NRA, and Ducks Unlimited. The Hills are members of Mount Carmel Baptist Church.