David Whitaker and Maylon Rice are pounding the pavement and shaking hands, as they represent one of the few primaries for Democrat candidates in Northwest Arkansas. Each man is looking for the nomination for State Representative in District 85, covering Fayetteville and Farmington.
Whitaker said, "I just think it's a wonderful time to be involved in the growth and the progress of this area."
Rice added, "That's why I'm running, to work for the good will of all the people in Fayetteville."
As for concern number one, each candidate agrees.
Whitaker said, "Number one issue, economic development to bring jobs.
"In district 85 we have pockets of desperation, in south Fayetteville we need better jobs, we need more of them to give our people a good future."
Rice added, "I don't want to get in a situation like Fort Smith, they're already announced their leaving, then what do you do? I want to meet with the industry here, say 'hey, what can we do to make things better for you?' How can we keep those 80 to 90 to 100 people working everyday.'"
Rice and Whitaker have agreed to not run a smear campaign, but each candidate does have their own opinion on why they should win.
Rice said, "I'm more personable, I think I can get more things done, I'm more moderate."
Whitaker disagreed, "I just don't think its about doctrine or ideology, I bring to the table the experience and work history of working with people on both sides of the aisle."
So over the next week, these two democratic hopefuls will continue doing the same, knocking on doors and shaking hands, regardless of any physical pain they may or may not endure.
Whitaker said, "Feet are kinda sore, knuckles are still good."
Rice said regardless of knocking on doors his hands are also okay, "They never get worn out, neither will I get calluses on my hand from shaking too many hands, you just can't do that."
Election day is set for May 22nd.