Ellington challenges Crawford for Ark. US House

11/5/2012 11:45 PM
By Associated Press

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Incumbent congressman Rick Crawford faces his first test for re-election against prosecutor Scott Ellington and a pair of minor party candidates.

Crawford is hopeful Congress can soon pass a farm bill that would benefit eastern Arkansas farmers. But Ellington says the one-term Republican congressman has failed to help farmers and should be replaced.

Green Party nominee Jacob Holloway and Libertarian nominee Jessica Paxton are also in the race.

Crawford is the region's first Republican congressman since Reconstruction. Ellington is a prosecutor who negotiated the deal last year that freed the three men convicted of killing three Cub Scouts in West Memphis in 1993.

The high-profile deal didn't emerge as an issue on the campaign trail.

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