JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - In a meeting Thursday night, Lawrence County Democrats picked John Thomison as their party's nominee for county judge in the Nov. 8 general election.
Thomison replaces Dale Freeman on the ballot, who died Saturday from injuries sustained in an August 2016 accident near Cabot.
Since there is no Republican candidate on the November ballot, Thomison will take the seat.
This is not the first time he has run for a position.
The last time Thomison was on a ballot was during the primaries of 2016.
He said winning the nomination Thursday night was a humbling experience.
"Well, of course, you always feel like you learn something every time and people learn you and things grow as you participate in these processes," Thomison said. "I feel like a lot of that came together."
Thomison said he already has people calling him about what he will work on when in office.
He said he will keep an eye on the jail construction and take a look at some budget issues.
Mary Freeman, another nominee during the convention and wife of Dale Freeman, said she is okay with how the vote turned out.
She said she prayed about the vote and knew that the outcome was God's plan.
According to County Clerk Tina Stowers, Thomison will be able to run for re-election in 2018 due to the person not be appointed by the Lawrence County Quorum Court.
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