Democrats Denise Ennett and Darrell Stephens will square off in a runoff election in four weeks on Sept. 3 in a race to replace Rep. Charles Blake, D-Little Rock, who resigned to serve as Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott’s chief of staff.
Ennett garnered 33% of the vote to Stephens’ 31% in the special election that saw turnout of just 8.5%.
Five Democrats and no Republicans filed to succeed Blake.
Besides Ennett, a homemaker, and Stephens, a local businessman, the two runoff contestants defeated Phillip Hood, a law clerk at the State Workers’ Compensation Commission; Roderick Talley, a local barber and businessman; and Russell R. Williams, III, a local college student.
The unofficial results were:
Russell Williams… 5.46%
Philip Hood … 19.54%
Denise Ennett … 32.89%
Darrell Stephens … 30.83%
Roderick Greer Talley … 11.28%
Total votes cast … 1,359