Hudson Hallum

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Hudson Hallum
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Arkansas House of Representatives District 54
Former member
In office
July 2011 - September 5, 2012
PartyDemocratic
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Hudson Hallum is a former Democratic member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, representing District 54 from July 2011 until resigning on September 5, 2012, after pleading guilty to election fraud.[1] He was elected in a special election to fill the vacancy created after incumbent Fred Smith (D) was convicted of theft. Smith resigned, but promised to appeal the decision.[2]

Biography

Hallum's professional experience includes working as a firefighter and paramedic in West Memphis and Marion and founding Crittenden EMS, a private ambulance company. Hallum is a member of the West Memphis Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Methodist Hospitals STEMI advisory board.

Elections

2012

See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Hallum ran for election in the 2012 election for Arkansas House of Representatives, District 50. Hallum was slated to face Fred Smith in the May 22 Democratic primary. However, Smith was removed from the ballot in April 2012. As a result, Hallum ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.[3][4][5] Hallum withdrew from the race after resigning his seat on September 5, 2012.[1] However, Hallum was still on the ballot up until election day, when a court declared him ineligible, leaving Smith to win election unopposed.[6][7]

2011

See also: State legislative special elections, 2011

Hallum defeated John Geelan (R) and D'James Rogers (I) in the special election on July 12, 2011.[8]

Controversies

Election fraud

On September 5, 2012, Hallum, along with his father and two campaign workers, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit election fraud during Hallum's 2011 special election campaign. Pending a sentencing hearing, the four were released. In an e-mail to other Democratic legislators, Hallum said, "I took some bad advice that led to some bad decisions on my part. I am going to stand up and accept full responsibility for my actions. I am truly sorry because I know this news will have an effect on everyone's upcoming race."[9]

According to federal prosecutors Hallum and his father had the two campaign workers obtain absentee ballot applications and assist voters to fill them out as well as completing some ballots themselves and ignoring the voter's choice. In addition, the four were accused of offering money and food to voters in exchange for support.[9]

The same day he pleaded guilty, Hallum resigned his seat in the House and withdrew as a candidate in the 2012 election.[1]

Initial investigation

The Arkansas Board of Election Commissioners sent monitors to observe the July 12, 2011, special election. The decision to send the monitor was part of an ongoing investigation into allegations made by Democratic primary candidate Kim Felker. Felker claimed that she received an offer to illegally obtain absentee votes, an offer she refused. Felker was defeated in the primary by eight votes, but lost the absentee vote 69-401. Felker also reported several irregularities at the Turrel polling site. Hallum said that he observed no irregularities in the primary, but had no objection to the monitors. He also noted that the "offer," as recorded on Felker's answering machine, did not appear to offer anything illegal.[10][11] The man who left the message, Leroy Grant, said that he only intended to connect Felker with voters interested in voting for her.[12]

In addition, state Republicans filed an ethics complaint against Hallum for $50,000 in campaign expenses that were not itemized in the campaign's finance report. Hallum's campaign called the irregularity an "oversight" and said they sent the completed report as soon as they realized the mistake. The Hallum campaign argued that the ethics complaint was simply a distraction.[12]

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Preceded by
Fred Smith
Arkansas House District 54
2011–September 5, 2012
Succeeded by
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