Second Generation Wilson Launches Bid for Legislature

APRIL 5, 2004 - Posted at 8:04 a.m. CDT

POCAHONTAS, AR - Kirk Wilson says he hopes voters consider him as a candidate for the state House of Representatives without thinking about his father, Nick Wilson, who is finishing a 70-month federal prison term for corruption while in the state Senate.

Kirk Wilson, a 35-year-old with a law degree, said he has drawn on his father's decades of experience in politics and state government, and that's helping his campaign.

The elder Wilson is finishing out his sentence in a halfway house in Little Rock.  He was convicted in 1999 on federal tax evasion charges and pleaded guilty in 2000 to racketeering.

Also running in the May 18 Democratic primary are David R. Cook of Williford, a teacher, and Dick Nelson Roberts of Pocahontas, a salesman.  Republican Rodney Harris of Pocahontas, a real estate agent, also is seeking the seat.

Kirk says that if he is elected, he will work on education and economic development issues.

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