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Arkansas circuit judge rules Pine Bluff should have its mayoral election in 2016, not 2014


PINE BLUFF, Arkansas — A circuit judge says Pine Bluff shouldn't have its mayoral election until 2016, ruling in favor with the city's mayor.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Thursday ( that Circuit Judge Ted Capehart granted a request by Pine Bluff Mayor Debe Hollingsworth to keep the city's election in 2016. Hollingsworth was elected to a four-year term in 2012.

Hollingsworth sued last month, after the Jefferson County Election Commission decided to add former Mayor Carl Redus to the May primary ballot for his old job. Redus claims Arkansas law calls for mayoral elections in nonpresidential election cycles for cities with a population less than 50,000.

An appeal can be filed within 30 days of Capehart's decision.

Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette,

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