FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - Sixty-two of Arkansas' 75 county sheriffs are backing former U.S. Rep. Mike Ross' bid for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination next year.
The sheriffs on Wednesday announced they were endorsing Ross as he seeks the state's top office. Ross is running against former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.
In a statement issued by Ross' campaign, the sheriffs cited Ross' past work on law enforcement issues in Congress.
Little Rock businessman Curtis Coleman, state Rep. Debra Hobbs and former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson are seeking the Republican nomination for governor next year. Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe is barred by term limits from seeking re-election.
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