A circuit judge will hear arguments next week on whether or not Andy Shock, who resigned as sheriff when was appointed to the Arkansas Parole Board, is eligible to run for Justice of the Peace.
A hearing was set for 9 a.m. March 16, County Attorney David Hogue said. He filed the suit on behalf of the Election Commission after it voted 2-1 on Friday to do so.
Democratic Commissioner Ronnie Hall and Republican Commissioner Paul Foster, who serves as chair and only voted to break the tie, approved the move when Republican Commissioner Ken Fairless voted against it.
The commission called an emergency meeting after Shelly Carpenter -- who is the daughter of Shock's would-be opponent in the Republican primary, Johnny Brady -- filed a complaint stating it was illegal for Shock to sit on the parole board and run for JP.
Hogue said that his understanding of the law is that a sitting JP can't accept a civil service appointment, such as the parole board, but that someone who holds a civil service position is allowed to run for office.
In other words, if Shock had been elected as a JP before being appointed to the parole board, he would have had to choose, just as he did when he stepped down as sheriff in 2015.
The Log Cabin Democrat will provide updates in this case as they become available.