LITTLE ROCK — Four Democrats and three Republicans have filed to run for a northeast Arkansas state Senate seat vacated by a lawmaker who stepped down over ethics violations.
Friday marked the end of the filing period for the special election to fill former Democratic Sen. Paul Bookout's seat. Bookout resigned last month after the state Ethics Commission said he spent thousands of dollars from his campaign on clothing, home theater equipment and other personal items.
Radius Baker, Ray Kidd, Steve Rockwell and Gene Roebuck have filed to seek the Democratic nomination. John Cooper, Chad Niell and Dan Sullivan are seeking the GOP nomination.
The primary will be held on Oct. 8, with a runoff on Nov. 12 if necessary. The special election will be held Jan. 14.