House candidate removed from ballot | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

House candidate removed from ballot

Posted By on Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Circuit Judge Collins Kilgore ruled today that Republican Tommy Fite, a candidate for House District 83 covering parts of Crawford and Franklin counties, is not eligible to run for the office because of a 1984 federal misdemeanor conviction involving misuse of public money.

Here's the opinion. A state Supreme Court decision in another case earlier this week in which a municipal candidate was removed from the ballot for a past misdemeanor made this outcome inevitable. Democrat Leslee Milam Post is now unopposed.

Funny, Fite's response seems to be that he should win on a technicality. Never mind that he was judged a crook. He's appealing. He'll lose.

REPUBLICAN NEWS RELEASE

Little Rock, Ark. — Candidate for State House District 83, Tom Fite of Van Buren, issued the following statement in response to a court’s decision to remove Mr. Fite from the general election ballot:

“It's no coincidence that my opponent issued a release on this complaint two days into early voting; she knows she cannot win this race at the ballot box and is hoping to win in the courtroom. I, nor my wife, were timely served with the summons, although we were available at our home and office all weekend. I am certainly qualified to run in the election and I look forward to serving the people of my district. I encourage voters to go out and cast their ballots to ensure the people of District 83 will be deciding this election rather than a judge in Little Rock. My attorney will be filing an appeal to the Arkansas Supreme Court and ask for an expedited hearing.”

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