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story.lead_photo.caption Jon Comstock

ROGERS -- Former Benton County Circuit Judge Jon Comstock will seek the Democratic nomination for House District 96, he announced Monday.

Comstock is an attorney. Then-Gov. Mike Beebe appointed Comstock in 2011 to complete the term of Circuit Judge David Clinger to Arkansas' 19th Judicial District West, Division II. Comstock left the bench in 2012.

He now operates a one-person mediation office, Comstock Conflict Resolution Services in Rogers, according to his announcement.

"I am running for this office because I believe that there is a better way to govern," Comstock, 68, said in his announcement. "I believe we owe it to ourselves to be better stewards of the tax dollars that hard working Arkansans contribute to our state budget."

Comstock unsuccessfully challenged incumbent Sen. Cecile Bledsoe, R-Rogers, in the 2018 general election.

The District 96 seat is currently held by Rep. Grant Hodges, R-Rogers, who has announced he will not seek re-election. The only other candidate to announce for the seat to date is Benton County Justice of the Peace Josh Bryant, who is running as a Republican.

The district includes parts of Rogers, Lowell, Avoca, Garfield and Gateway. It also covers much of eastern Benton County. The last Democrat to run in the district garnered 33.6% of the vote in 2018.

The preferential primary is set for March 3. Candidate filing for partisan offices began at noon Monday and ends at noon Nov. 12. The general election is Nov. 3.

State House members serve two-year terms and have an annual salary of $41,393.

NW News on 11/05/2019

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