LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe is naming a new member of the state Highway Commission to replace former Commissioner John Burkhalter, who resigned from the panel as he seeks the state's No. 2 constitutional office.
Beebe on Thursday planned to name his appointee to serve the remainder of Burkhalter's term, which ends in early 2017. Highway commissioners are appointed to 10-year terms, and Burkhalter was appointed in 2011 to serve the remainder of another member's term.
Burkhalter earlier this month stepped down from the panel, saying he wanted to focus on his bid for lieutenant governor. Burkhalter is the only Democrat running.
State Reps. Charlie Collins and Andy Mayberry are seeking the Republican nomination. Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Darr has not said whether he'll seek re-election.