Shoffner overshadows race for Arkansas treasurer

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Associated Press

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 1:05 AM

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Despite it being a relatively little known post, the Republican primary for Arkansas treasurer has hardly been a low-key affair.

Overshadowed by a former state treasurer's conviction on bribery and extortion charges, the race is pitting two GOP rivals who each insist they're the best candidate to overhaul a troubled office.

State Rep. Duncan Baird and Saline County Circuit Clerk Dennis Milligan are facing off for the Republican nomination in the May 20 primary. Whoever wins the nomination will face Democratic candidate Karen Sealy Garcia and Libertarian nominee Chris Hayes in the November election.

Baird and Milligan say former Treasurer Martha Shoffner's conviction on 14 bribery and extortion charges highlight the importance of the office. They disagree on who is best poised to reform it.

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