State Rep. resignation re-opens door for Fred Smith
CRITTENDEN COUNTY (KATV, Evening Times) - State Rep. Hudson Hallum announced his week he would officially resign his seat Monday. When that happens, the door will re-open for his predecessor, Fred Smith, who resigned as well after serving just 16 days.
Smith was convicted of theft of property in early 2011. He resigned that January after a Chicot County Circuit Court Judge found him guilty of theft of property by mistake, a Class D felony.
The former Harlem Globetrotter's conviction was quickly expunged after filing to run for the District 54 seat March 1. However, his record wasn't cleared until March 14, so the Arkansas Democratic Party sued to keep him from running as a member of their party. A judge later granted their request.
Smith later won the nomination of the Green Party, bypassing the primary process for appearing on the ballot.
There is no Republican opposition in the Nov. 6 general election.
Election officials said Wednesday they would work to get Hallum's name off the ballot but it was not immediately clear if a successor would be named to serve as an interim representative.
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