New Arkansas House Speaker for 2007

January 8, 2006--Posted at 11:00 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK--Members of Arkansas' House of Representatives will meet tomorrow to select a speaker for the 2007 session.

Legislators will vote through secret ballot in a caucus to select the House Speaker designate. The candidates are both Democrats -- Representative Benny Petrus of Stuttgart and Representative Will Bond of Jacksonville.

Both candidates will be allowed to address the House for 15 minutes before the voting begins. Petrus is a 49-year-old car dealer and has served in the House since 2003. Bond is a 35-year-old attorney and has been in the House, also since 2003.

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