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8:23 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Voters To Choose Nominees For Northeast Arkansas Senate Seat

Voters in northeast Arkansas are choosing the Democratic and Republican nominees for a special election to replace a state senator who resigned amid an ethics investigation.

The primary runoff Tuesday will determine who will face off in the Jan. 14 special election to replace former Sen. Paul Bookout, who resigned in August.

Jonesboro businessman Steve Rockwell and Valley View school Superintendent Radius Baker are running for the Democratic nomination for Bookout's seat. Ex-AT&T manager John Cooper and Ascent Children's Services Chief Executive Officer Dan Sullivan are seeking the Republican nomination.

The four were the top vote-getters in last month's primary.

Bookout, a Democrat, stepped down after the state Ethics Commission ruled that he spent money from his re-election bid on clothing, home theater equipment and dozens of other personal items.