Green Party picks ex-Globetrotter for Ark. House

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- The Green Party of Arkansas says it has nominated former Harlem Globetrotter Fred Smith for a state House seat, after he was ruled ineligible to run for the Democrats.

The Green Party chose Smith as its candidate for House District 50 at its nominating convention Sunday.

Smith was elected to the House on a Democratic ticket but resigned last year because of a felony theft conviction. He filed in March to run as a Democrat again, but the party filed suit to keep him off the ballot.

A Chicot County judge dismissed Smith's theft conviction, but a judge in Pulaski County ruled he couldn't run as a Democrat because that conviction wasn't cleared when he filed.

Smith will face Democrat Rep. Hudson Hallum in November. No Republicans are running.