JONESBORO — The state Democratic and Republican parties say they'll use primary elections, rather than conventions, to choose candidates for a state Senate seat vacated after the resignation of Sen. Paul Bookout.
The Jonesboro Sun reported that both parties sent letters Tuesday notifying Gov. Mike Beebe of their decision.
Later Tuesday afternoon, Beebe announced that the special election would be held Jan. 14. The special primary date is scheduled for Oct. 8, and if necessary, a primary runoff will be held Nov. 12, according to Beebe's website.
Bookout, a Democrat, resigned Aug. 20 after an ethics panel said he spent thousands of dollars from his re-election campaign on personal items such as women's clothing and home theater equipment.
Two Republicans and one Democrat have already announced plans to enter the race, and several others say they're considering a run.