DESOTO PARISH, La (KTAL/KMSS) – Former DeSoto Parish Sheriff, Rodney Arbuckle suspended his candidacy for State Senate – District 38 Tuesday, citing personal reasons for the decision.
“A couple of things occurred since my announcement that made my family and I reevaluate the race,” said Arbuckle. “We are so thankful for the massive amount of support we have received; however, after I prayed about the race and some things that have occurred since my announcement, we have decided to suspend the campaign.”
Arbuckle retired from the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office in March 2018 after 17 years as sheriff, citing the need to focus attention on his family. At the time, his newborn granddaughter was battling serious health problems that had not yet been diagnosed.
During Arbuckle’s formal announcement he said he would be running as an Independent.
“We really appreciate all of the encouragement and support we have received during this race,” Arbuckle said. “Each phone call, text, and conversation that I have had has been so uplifting to our entire team and my family. I can’t thank my supporters enough. As always, if anyone has any questions or needs assistance from me, my cell phone number is (318) 465-2091.”
The primary is on October 12 and the general election is on November 16. The filing deadline for candidates is August 8. Shreveport attorney Democrat John Milkovich currently holds the seat, serving his first term in the Senate after being elected in 2015.