LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday rejected an appeal by a Monticello man who was disqualified as a state legislative candidate.
Republican Jim A. Hall was seeking the seat previously held by Democrat Sheilla Lampkin of Monticello, who died July 23 of ovarian cancer, when Drew County Circuit Judge David Laser ruled Sept. 12 that Hall was not eligible to seek the office because of a misdemeanor hot-check conviction from April and ordered that any votes cast for him not be counted.
Hall asked the Supreme Court to overturn Laser’s ruling and find that he was an eligible candidate because the hot-check conviction had been sealed. He also asked the court to rule that all votes cast for him be counted.
The court denied Hall’s motion without comment Thursday.
Hall said Thursday it appears that Democrat LeAnne Burch of Monticello, who won the seat, received more votes than he did, but he still believed the votes cast for him should have been counted. He said he plans to challenge Burch in 2018.