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    Rep. Baird announces bid for Ark. treasurer

    12:02 PM, Jul 31, 2013   |    comments
    Republican Rep. Duncan Baird of Lowell has been named the House co-chairman of the Legislature's Joint Budget Committee. (Photo: 88th General Assembly)
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - State Rep. Duncan Baird says he's seeking the Republican nomination for state treasurer next year.

    Baird on Wednesday announced he's running for the office, becoming the second Republican to launch a bid. Saline County Circuit Clerk Dennis Milligan is also seeking the GOP nomination for the post.

    Baird is serving his third term in the state House and is co-chairman of the powerful Joint Budget Committee.

    No Democrats have announced a bid for state treasurer.

    Martha Shoffner, a Democrat, resigned as treasurer in May after she was arrested and charged with steering state investments to a bond broker who gave her more than $36,000. Gov. Mike Beebe appointed former legislative auditor Charles Robinson to serve the remainder of her term.

    Robinson can't run for the office since he was appointed.

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