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Pennington files to run again as sheriff

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was published March 3, 2014 at 10:54 a.m.

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8/26/13 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/STEPHEN B. THORNTON Saline County Sheriff Bruce Pennington speaks after pleading guilty to resisting arrest Monday afternoon in Benton.

A former Saline County sheriff who last year announced his retirement after pleading guilty to alcohol-related charges and then twice changed his mind before stepping aside has filed to run again.

Bruce Pennington became the seventh Republican and eighth candidate overall to file for the office when he submitted his paperwork and filing fee shortly after 10 a.m. Monday, said Saline County Clerk Doug Curtis.

Pennington retired last October after pleading guilty to charges of public intoxication and refusal to submit to arrested filed after a June 29 arrest at a Benton restaurant.

He originally submitted a retirement letter before days later rescinding it, saying he would stay in office and seek reelection. But a week later, he submitted a new letter saying he'd step down after all.

Cleve Barfield, a retired Arkansas State Police major, was selected as interim sheriff after Pennington's retirement.

Other Republicans who have filed to run for sheriff so far are: Daniel Dodson, E.J. Harris, Kevin Cooper, Rodney Wright, Simon Haynes and Tim Dudderar. Rodney Goshien Sr. is running as a Democrat.

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LR1955 says... March 3, 2014 at 1:46 p.m.

LOLOLOLOLOL

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beachbandit says... March 3, 2014 at 2:53 p.m.

Surely the people of Saline County have had their fill of this inbred moron drunk

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mhck52 says... March 3, 2014 at 5:53 p.m.

If he becomes the Republican choice we have a Democrat sheriff. We'll find out how many idiot voters we have.

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raybunce_yahoo.com says... March 3, 2014 at 7:28 p.m.

O my goodness! We can only hope the more conservative voters of Saline County will run this fool in the primary. I'm also sorely disappointed that Doyle Webb has not publicly distanced the state's Republican Party from this clown. Pennington needs to be smacked down pronto.

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shadylarry says... March 4, 2014 at 12:25 p.m.

He and that fat pig wife of his just need to hit the road

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