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4:05 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Beebe Decides Against A Special Election For State Senate Seat

State Senator Johnny Key (R-Mountain Home)
Former State Senator Johnny Key
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Gov. Mike Beebe's office says he won't call a special election to fill the state Senate seat vacated by a lawmaker who is taking a job lobbying for the University of Arkansas system.

Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample said Thursday that the governor decided against a special election to replace outgoing Sen. Johnny Key, who is resigning to take a job as UA system's associate vice president for university relations.

Key, a Republican, is resigning effective Thursday and his term ends at the end of the year.

DeCample said Beebe thought it would be prudent to avoid the cost of a special election, since the earliest it could be held would be in November and there are no current plans for a special session this fall.