Crass was a candidate for an open seat vacated by Rick Saunders, who's term-limited (I was incorrect originally about the current holder of the seat). The Democratic nominee is Larry Williams.
Crass' name will remain on the ballot and should he receive the most votes, a special election would be held. A release on the jump from the Republican Party explains the procedure set out by law.
REPUBLICAN PARTY RELEASE
Little Rock, Ark. —Republican Party of Arkansas Chairman Doyle Webb released the following statement on the passing of State Representative District 24 Candidate Keith Crass of Hot Springs:
“Our party today mourns the loss of Keith Crass. The gates of heaven have opened to receive another good and faithful servant into the arms of our Creator. Our prayers go out to the Crass family and all who knew and loved Keith. As a young boy growing up in Arkansas, Keith Crass’ dream was to serve his fellow Arkansans by serving in the Arkansas Legislature. Over the past several months, he has become known to many as someone who loved his community and state. He was a fighter for a more effective and ethical government and wanted nothing more than to serve the people he loved with integrity.”
Arkansas Election Law
Keith Crass' name will remain on the ballot. Should he receive the most number of votes, a vacancy in the election will have occurred and the Governor will be asked to call a special election. The election law procedure can be found at:
ACA 7-5-315 Counting votes for unopposed and deceased candidates.
(b) (1) The votes received by any person whose name appeared on the ballot and who withdrew or died after the certification of the ballot shall be counted.
(2) (A) If the person received enough votes to win the election, a vacancy in election shall be declared.
The following is a statement from the Keith Crass for State Representative Campaign:
“The Keith Crass for State Representative campaign will be suspended indefinitely. This morning Keith Crass tragically passed away after suffering from an unknown medical condition. The campaign realizes there will be a natural desire for more information. However, at this time, the campaign asks that respect for the Crass family and privacy be made a priority.
Keith Crass was a friend to all of us and genuinely enjoyed all of the new friends he made during this election cycle. He loved Hot Springs and was looking forward to serving the people of Hot Springs in the legislature.
The campaign will have more information about arrangements when the appropriate information is available for release.