Arkansas candidate legally changes name to 'Colonel'

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A retired Army colonel who was unable to use his military title on the ballot when he ran for a U.S. Senate seat in Arkansas four years ago found a way to use that designation now that he's running for Congress. This time, it's his legal name.

A spokesman for the Arkansas secretary of state's office said Monday that Conrad Reynolds can be referred to as "Colonel" on the ballot after legally changing his name to include the title. Reynolds is one of three Republicans running for the 2nd Congressional District.

Reynolds tried to use the title as a nickname when he ran for Senate in 2010, but state law prevents professional or honorary titles from being used as nicknames. Reynolds had his name legally changed last month.

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