WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ark. (KNWA) — Former State House Representative and Washington County judge candidate Jim House has died in a reported tractor accident at his home, according to Arkansas State Representative David Whitaker.
The group Washington County Democrats reported on their Facebook page Wednesday that House had died.
“It is with the deepest sadness that we share with you the passing of our dear friend and loyal Democrat, Jim House,” the post states. “Jim was a lifelong public servant, from his time in the United States Army, to his leadership of the state’s health department and tenure in the Arkansas House of Representatives. Jim cared tremendously about this county, about its people, and loved his wonderful family, who we hold in our thoughts and in our prayers tonight. Jim, you are irreplaceable.”
Many of House’s friends and colleagues left memorials on Facebook, sharing stories and remembrances of House, who many regarded as a true friend and consummate public servant.
“There just aren’t many folks as decent and good to the core as Jim House,” Nicole Clowney, District 86 representative, said on House’s Facebook page. “Whether he was doing horseshoeing demonstrations for kids at the fair or campaigning in the freezing rain – he was never happier than when he was helping people and teaching them about all he knew to be good. He worked so hard for all of us. As a legislator, as a candidate and just as a human being.”
House began his first term as District 89 representative in 2007. He started his second term in 2009. House was most recently a candidate for Washington County judge, but lost to incumbent Joseph Wood in the recent midterm election. The race was close with Wood winning 52 percent of the vote and House claiming 47 percent.
Irvin Camacho, local immigration advocate, reflected upon House’s friendship.
“Rest in Paradise Jim. You’ve always been so kind to me. I am still in shock to understand this terrible news. So grateful for everything you contributed to this community. We lost a good man today. Prayers for Nan House and the House family,” Camacho said on Facebook.