Former state Rep. Fred Smith
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Democratic Party has sued to keep a former lawmaker who resigned from the Legislature after a felony theft conviction from appearing on the party's primary ballot for his old House seat.
The Democratic Party asked a Pulaski County judge Tuesday to prevent former Rep. Fred Smith from running in the party's May 22 primary for an east Arkansas House seat. Democrats say Smith is ineligible to run because of the felony conviction, but Secretary of State Mark Martin's office denied the party's request to block him from the ballot.
Smith, a former Harlem Globetrotter, resigned from the House last year after a judge found him guilty of theft of property delivered by mistake. The lawsuit names Smith, Martin and the Crittenden and Cross county election commissions as defendants.
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