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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

GOP wants primary for House vacancy

Posted By on Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 2:31 PM

The Arkansas Republican Party wants a primary to choose a nominee for the vacant House District 54 seat in Crittenden County, where Democrat Fred Smith resigned after a felony conviction. The GOP chose a cheaper convention for a recent House vacancy in Hot Springs, but said that was because it was a speedier process and allowed filling the seat for part of the legislative session. There's not time to get the District 54 seat filled for the session, the party said.


The State Republican Party sent notification to Governor Mike Beebe today requesting a primary be held to select candidates for a special election to fill House District 54.

“We believe a primary will allow the people of District 54 to best choose their candidates,” said Republican Party of Arkansas Executive Director Chase Dugger.

The Arkansas GOP requested a party convention in December to fill a vacant seat in House District 24 after Republican nominee Keith Crass passed away days before the general election.

“The State Committee of the Republican Party requested a convention for House District 24 to speed up the process so that the people of Hot Springs would have representation at some point during this legislative session,” Dugger said.

Since timing prevents House District 54 from being filled during the legislative session, Dugger said a primary was the fairest option for people in the district.

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