Q. Byrum Hurst, a Hot Springs attorney and Democratic candidate for Arkansas’ 4th District congressional seat, has been sanctioned 10 times by the Arkansas Supreme Court on Professional Conduct. The most recent sanction was in 2009 when Hurst was ordered to refund $25,000 to a client.

Hurst reportedly told a Little Rock reporter the sanctions are just a part of practicing law.

Hurst, who raised more than $100,000 during the first month of his campaign for the Democratic nomination to replace U.S. Rep. Mike Ross, faces State Sen. Gene Jeffress of Luann, and D.C. Morrison, a conservative Democratic and candidate in the 2010 U.S. Senate race who forced a runoff between incumbent U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln and former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter. Lincoln won the runoff, but lost to Republican John Boozman in the general election.

Army veteran and Dardanelle businessman Tom Cotton, U.S. Marine and Texarkana police officer John Cowart, and Beth Anne Rankin, the 2010 GOP nominee for Ross’ seat, are seeking the GOP nomination. All three participated in a GOP debate at the University of Arkansas at Monticello last month.

Hurst and Morrison both spoke at a recent candidate forum sponsored by the Drew County Democratic Party. Jeffress did not attend but his brother, State Sen. Jimmy Jeffress spoke on his behalf.

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