Former Harlem Globetrotter Runs for Arkansas Legislature As a Green

The Harlem Globetrotters have played in a lot of places all over the United States, but small-town Arkansas really isn’t their venue. Fred Smith, former Globetrotter and Democratic legislator, has made the state his home, though. Now, after failing to qualify for the ballot as a Democrat, he has decided to run as the candidate of the Green Party in the race to reclaim his seat in the legislature.

The Green Party of Arkansas nominated a former Harlem Globetrotter for a state House seat this weekend — a month after a judge said he wasn’t eligible to run for the Democrats.

Fred Smith said Monday that the Green Party picked him as its candidate for the House District 50 seat.

“Since I got into it and I’ve been cleared, what’s wrong with getting a second chance?” Smith asked.

Smith resigned from the office earlier after being found guilty of a felony.

 

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