A Jonesboro businessman and a former state legislator have filed to run for the Democratic nomination for a northeast Arkansas state Senate seat vacated by a lawmaker who resigned over ethics violations.
Tuesday marked the opening of the filing period for the Senate seat vacated by former Sen. Paul Bookout, a Democrat who resigned last month after the state Ethics Commission said he spent thousands from his campaign on clothing, home theater equipment and other personal items.
Steve Rockwell and former state Sen. Gene Roebuck filed paperwork to run for the Democratic nomination. Several other candidates have announced bids.
The primary will be held on Oct. 8, with a runoff on Nov. 12 if necessary. The special election will be held Jan. 14. The filing deadline is noon Friday.