LITTLE ROCK — Secretary of State Mark Martin supports state Sen. Jack Crumbly’s request that the results of the May primary election in his district be considered in his lawsuit challenging the way the district was restructured last year, according to a court filing.
Crumbly, D-Widener, and a group of residents of his district have filed a federal lawsuit alleging that the state Board of Apportionment deliberately redrew the district last year to weaken the black vote. Crumbly, who is black, lost the May Democratic primary to Rep. Keith Ingram, D-West Memphis, who is white. There is no Republican candidate for the November general election.
The plaintiffs have filed a motion for the results of the primary election to be considered in the lawsuit, a motion opposed by Gov. Mike Beebe and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, who serve on the three-member Board of Apportionment with Martin. Beebe and McDaniel are Democrats and Martin is a Republican.
On Wednesday, Martin’s attorney, Asa Hutchinson, said in a filing that Martin supports the motion. But Hutchinson said Martin does not support completely reopening the case and allowing new testimony to be heard, which Crumbly also requested.