Judge dismisses candidate from primary ballot

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April 15, 2012

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas: Earlier this year, Fred Smith filed to run for election to the Arkansas House of Representatives.

Lats week, judge Mary McGowan ruled that Smith should be disqualified from the ballot for failing to prove that his conviction as a felon was expunged prior to the filing deadline.[1]

The Democratic Party sued to get Smith thrown off of the primary ballot, arguing that he is ineligible because he is a convicted felon.

Smith's removal paves the way for incumbent Hudson Hallum (D) to run unopposed in both the primary and general election. No Republicans filed for election in the district.

It is expected that Smith will appeal the judge's ruling in advance of the May 22 primary.[1]

Arkansas House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 54 49
     Republican Party 46 51
Total 100 100

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