Today marks the beginning of early voting in the Democratic primary for Little Rock’s House District 36. The seat came open when Charles Blake resigned to become Mayor Frank Scott Jr.’s chief of staff.

The candidates are Denise Ennett, a homemaker; Philip Hood, a Workers Compensation Commission clerk; Darrell Stephens, owner of an employment service; Roderick Talley, a barber, and Russell Williams III, a Philander Smith College student. Stephens lost to Blake in 2018.

The Times Rebekah Hall will have more on this election soon.

Election Day for the primary is Aug. 6, with a runoff, if necessary, Sept. 3. The general election will be Nov. 5. It’s unlikely the winner of the primary will be opposed in the general election. The winner will serve through 2020.