I wrote this morning abou
t the entry of Little Rock lawyer Clarke Tucker
in the race for an open seat to represent House District 35, which covers the Heights and a big stretch of the city west and south.
Now, a Democratic Party spokesman tells me, the previously announced Democratic candidate in the race, Jodie Mahony
, has decided to drop out and throw his support to Tucker. An announcement from him is expected later this afternoon.
That leaves Tucker and Republican Stacy Hurst,
a Little Rock city director, as declared candidates.
UPDATE: Linda Napper, a political consultant, said Mahony, a public relations consultant, had earlier decided to drop out of the race for personal reasons, but had withheld the announcement until a replacement had emerged.