LeAnne Burch, a retired brigadier general from Monticello, won the Democratic nomination for the District 9 seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives at a special district convention Thursday night on the University of Arkansas at Monticello campus.
Burch received six delegate votes while Candace Jeffress, a Hamburg school teacher, received five votes.
The district includes most of Ashley and Drew counties.
Following the 6 to 5 vote, Ashley County delegate Jimmy Jeffress, Candace Jeffress’ husband, moved to make Burch’s nomination by acclamation. The delegation voted and unanimously agreed.
The party’s original nominee, Sheilla Lampkin, who was seeking her fourth term, died on July 23 leaving the Democratic Party with no candidate for the seat.
Burch’s name will appear on the ballot of a special election to elect a representative to complete Lampkin’s unexpired term which ends on Dec. 31, 2016 and the November 8 General Election ballot for the upcoming two-year term which begins on Jan. 1, 2017. The special election will coincide with the general election.
Burch will face Republican Jim Hall in the general election.
The Drew County and Ashley County Republican parties announced this week that the committees would not hold a convention to select a Republican nominee for the special election to complete the current term.
Update: Jim Hall sent Seark Today an e-mail on Friday saying he is now a write-in candidate in the special election. The e-mail included an image of his write-in candidacy notice and a photo of himself holding the notice.