State Rep. Sheilla Lampkin is withdrawing her re-election bid, Monticello Mayor Zack Tucker announced Tuesday night at a Democratic rally in Drew County.
Lampkin recently learned she has cancer, according to Tucker, a member of the Drew County Democratic Central Committee.
“Damon and Sheilla a couple of weeks ago found out that Sheilla has cancer,” Tucker said. “And I believe Sheilla has already sent a notice to the media. She is actually going to be resigning her nomination for seeking the office.”
Lampkin, the Democratic nominee for the District 9 state House seat, is currently serving her third term.
“She has served us well,” Tucker said.
In a news release issued later on Wednesday Lampkin said she will complete her current term.
“I will finish out this term and then respectfully resign my position as I have ovarian cancer and with surgery and chemo and the results unknown, I feel it is only fair to you to elect someone to serve you faithfully and diligently,” Lampkin said. “May God bless you all.”
Tucker said the chairman of the Arkansas Democratic Party will appoint delegates to a district convention where the party will select a new nominee. The district includes approximately two-thirds of both Drew County and Ashley County, including Monticello, Hamburg, and most of Crossett.
It is not clear whether there will be a filing period for potential candidates or the party-appointed delegates will select potential candidates, according to Tucker.
A date has not yet been set for the convention.