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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Fred Smith sues over disqualification as candidate

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 11:03 AM

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Former state Rep. Fred Smith hasn't quit fighting his removal of him from the 2012 election ballot as a Democratic candidate.

The Arkansas Democratic Party sued to have Smith, a first term legislator, removed from the ballot that year because at the time of filing, he had a felony record for theft. His record was cleared after completion of probation. He won election anyway because the Democratic nominee dropped out with legal troubles and Smith was elected as a Green Party nominee. He was defeated by a Democrat in 2014.

Acting as his own lawyer, Smith filed suit in Pulaski Circuit Court May 31 against the Democratic Party and Sen. Will Bond, as a Democratic Party official, seeking damages over alleged violation of his civil rights for being denied a place on the ballot. He said they'd falsely labeled him a convicted felon.

Also on May 31 and again representing himself, Smith sued the State Police and an officer, Ricky McKelvey. This suit alleges he'd been improperly entered in a national database as a convicted felon and fugitive.

Smith, 44, lives in the West Memphis area. He says he stays busy, among others, working with youth basketball teams. He's a former Harlem Globetrotter. He said he's had the opportunity since his legal troubles to do a great deal of study of the Constitution. "I'm still standing," he said.

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