20th Judicial Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland said Monday he has submitted a letter to the Arkansas State Police requesting an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the Oct. 3 resignation of Faulkner County Justice of the Peace Mark Bailey.
“The investigation will serve to gather the facts surrounding the circumstances and the documentation of Mr. Bailey's address,” Hiland said. “In a case like this, intent is everything.”
Bailey, a Republican, was seeking re-election to his District 8 position on the Quorum Court but resigned just weeks before the General Election amid questions surrounding the legitimacy of an address he claimed on his filing papers. He has served on the quorum court for 10 years.
Bailey listed 701 Reedy Road #5 in Conway as his address, which is in River Drive Mobile Home Park. The address listed, however, is a vacant, structureless lot.
Hiland said there has been no request to investigate the residency of Conway mayoral candidate Mark Elsinger, who sources alleged last week does not live inside of Conway city limits.
Faulkner County Election commissioners say there is nothing they can do with the ballot concerning those who file for office if it is found out they do not reside where they filed and the circuit court is the ultimate authority over a candidate's removal from the ballot.