Former Walnut Ridge Lawmaker Suspends Campaign Appearances as Wife Recovers from Wreck

AUGUST 8, 2005 - Posted at 8:16 a.m. CDT, updated at 8:44 a.m. CDT

WALNUT RIDGE, AR - Former state Representative Don House of Walnut Ridge has temporarily suspended all of his campaign appearances in his bid for State Treasurer, as his wife recovers from a severe back injury she sustained late Saturday morning.

Mary House, 58, and the couple's daughter, Kerri, were returning to Walnut Ridge after appearing with House at a campaign appearance at the White River Water Carnival in Batesville when the accident occured late Saturday morning near Strawberry in Lawrence County.  The accident occured as she lost control of her PT Cruiser, which left the roadway and overturned several times. Kerri House was not seriously injured, but her mother was taken by ambulance to the White River Medical Center in Batesville, before being transferred to the White County Medical Center in Searcy, where she underwent back surgery yesterday.

Mary House is expected to make a full recovery, but Don House has suspended all campaign appearances for the time being as his wife recovers.  "God and family are the most important things in my life," House said.  "I will return to the campaign trail as soon as Mary is out of the hospital and in recovery."

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