Soffer fills in as chairman at state event

Jefferson County Election Commissioner Stuart Soffer was named temporary chairman of the State Board of Election Commissioners Friday at Little Rock.

Justin Clay, director of the state board, said Secretary of State Mark Martin chose Soffer to chair the meeting because Martin could not be present.

“It showed the confidence the Secretary of State had in me and my experience by asking me to chair the meeting,” Soffer said.

Clay said Soffer was named temporary chairman for the purpose of conducting the meeting, with an agenda that included updates on legislation that has been introduced in the Arkansas General Assembly relating to the conducting of elections.

Soffer serves as the minority party member of the county election commission and was re-elected to his position by the Jefferson County Republican Committee in January.