PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - A judge in Pine Bluff has ruled that the mayor election will go on as scheduled.
Current mayor Carl Redus filed a lawsuit to postpone the election until 2014 because of new census data for the city. There is a law in Arkansas that if a city's population falls below 50,000, mayoral elections will be held in non-presidential election years.
Currently, there are nine people on the ballot for Pine Bluff mayor.
Mayor Redus says, "What we have to do is get out and start campaigning hard."
The courtroom was packed with people. Two of the nine candidates did not attend the hearing.
Mayoral candidate Tim Whisenhunt says it's a victory for the citizens of Pine Bluff. He says if the judge ruled the other way, citizens would have felt "their vote don't count."