- Associated Press - Thursday, March 3, 2016

VAN BUREN, Ark. (AP) - A Crawford County Justice of the Peace candidate who died in January has received more than 300 votes.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1njsK6b ) reports the 322 votes that incumbent District 10 Justice of the Peace Cleo Coatney of Rudy received in Tuesday’s primary election weren’t enough to defeat fellow Republican Jason Peppas, who received 468 votes.

Coatney filed for re-election to his Quorum Court position in November. The 68-year-old died Jan. 23 in Fort Smith.

Crawford County Election Commission Chairman John Lyon and County Attorney Chuck Baker said if Coatney had won the election, Peppas would have been eliminated and Coatney’s name would’ve gone on the general election ballot.

Peppas will face independent candidate Elaine Stanfield in the Nov. 8 general election.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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