Baxter County will have a race for county judge in the May 22nd primary election.
An eleventh-hour attempt by 24-year-old Peter Kashpureff of Mountain Home to file for office Thursday morning as a republican candidate for county judge was questioned on the basis of 25 being the minimum age for the position.
Baxter County and Circuit Clerk Canda Reese said Thursday she had been directed by legal counsel with the Arkansas Secretary of State's office to allow Kashpureff to file until the matter could be researched.
Late Friday morning, Reese says she received word from the Secretary of State's office to place Kashpureff on the ballot as a candidate for county judge based on case law.
Reese says the dates are critical in this situation because Kashpureff will turn 25 two and a half weeks after the general election.
Kashpureff will face incumbent Judge Mickey Pendergrass in the primary election.
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