State Rep. Rick Saunders has officially told Gov. Mike Beebe he’ll resign his District 24 seat Jan. 1, the end of his term, rather than hold over as law allows because of the death of Keith Crass, elected to succeed him. Beebe has asked the political parties if they’d prefer to choose nominees for a special election by primary or convention. Whatever the outcome, nobody will be in the seat when the legislature convenes in January.