Ark. Voters to Decide on Special Elections Tuesday

LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Arkansans will head to the polls Tuesday to decide the outcomes in a handful of races.

In Jonesboro, voters will pick a new state senator to replace Paul Bookout, who stepped down in August following an ethics scandal. Bookout was fined $8,000 and given a letter of reprimand after being accused of misusing thousands of dollars in campaign contributions by purchasing clothing and other personal items.

Voters in the Park Hill Area of North Little Rock (NLR) will decide whether to allow alcohol sales, overturning an ordinance that has been in place since the 1960s. NLR Chamber of Commerce leaders say 30 businesses are behind the idea, believing it would help revitalization efforts in the area, while some citizens are concerned about the effects alcohol sales could have on the community.

Benton voters have two sales tax issues to vote on: one to provide long-term budget-funding stability and one for public safety infrastructure, like fire and police. Mayor David Mattingly said in June that the growth of the safety departments can't keep pace with the continuing growth of the city.

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