Selection of new leaders deferred until after 2018 elections


     (AP) – Arkansas Democratic Party committee members have

deferred selecting new leaders until after the 2018 gubernatorial elections.

     Saturday’s decision by state Democrats resisted a wing of the party that had

called for more immediate elections.

     The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that by choosing not to

reschedule elections, state Democrats voted to allow Chairman Vincent Insalaco

to continue to lead the party until as late as February 2019.

     Insalaco told party members after the vote that he intended to stand behind

his announcement last week that he would not run for a third term.

     Insalaco says he would like to see a special election held to decide on a new

chair in the first half of next year.


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