Sharp judge race repeat of 2002
The races in Fulton County for county judge, sheriff, assessor, clerk and coroner will all be contested in the May 18 Democratic primary. All candidates had to file their paperwork with the clerk's office by March 30.
Four Democrats and one Republican are running for Fulton County judge. Curren Everett is not seeking re-election to the office. The candidates are: Bob Russell (D) of Hardy, Jerry Smith (D) of Mammoth Spring, Gary Phillips (R) of Salem, Charles Willet (D) of Salem and Roger Kinder (D) of Salem.
Four Democrats are running for Fulton County sheriff. Sheriff Lloyd Martz is retiring. The candidates are: Terry Dailey of Viola, Chuck Young of Salem, Carrol Traw of Mammoth Spring and Walter Dillinger of Viola.
Two Democrats are running for the Fulton County and circuit clerk's office. Gene Maguffee is retiring. The candidates are: Vickie Bishop of Salem and Evalene "Ebb" Glisson of Salem.
In the Fulton County assessor's race, incumbent Jerry Humphrey (D) of Mammoth Spring is being challenged by Greg Jackson (D) of Salem.
In the Fulton County coroner's race, incumbent Steven Barker (D) of Salem is being challenged by Clell Cox (D) of Salem.
Fulton County Collector Calvin Smith (D) of Salem and County Treasurer Larry Humphries (D) of Salem are running unopposed.
Two Fulton County justices of the peace seats are contested. Jimmy Marler (D) of Mammoth Spring is being challenged by Gene Garner (D) of Hardy in District 9. David Cunningham (D) of Salem is being challenged by Gene McBride (I) of Mammoth Spring in District 7.
Two Fulton justice of the peace races have no incumbents. In District 6, Dale French (D) of Mammoth Spring will run against Marjorie A. Rogers (R) of Cherokee Village. In District 2, Thadnel Willet (D) of Sturkie will run against Sherry Jackson (I) of Salem and Lynn Guffey (I) of Gepp.
Cris Newberry of District 1, Jim Bicker of District 3, Doug Cunningham of District 4, Michael Roork of District 5 and Jack Haney of District 8 are running unopposed.
One Fulton County constable race is being contested. Afton Township incumbent Leonard Pickle (D) of Mammoth Spring is being challenged by Shannon Wood (D) of Mammoth Spring.
Two constable races have no incumbents. In the Fulton County Township, Richard Hutchinson (R) of Viola is running against Frank Ethridge (D) of Viola and Boyd Bailey (I). In the Cleveland Township, Larry Davis (D) of Viola is running against Mike Hess (D) of Bexar.
Jamie Turnbough is running unopposed for the constable position in the Mammoth Spring Township.Jim Short is running unopposed for the Fulton County district judge seat.
In the Salem alderman race all candidates are running unopposed: Betty Teague Ward 1 Position 1, Willia Newton Ward 1 Position 2 and Richard Frazier Ward 2 Position 1. No one filed for the Ward 2 Position 2 seat. The council will appoint someone to fill the office at the beginning of the year.
Salem City attorney Dwayne Plumlee is running unopposed.
In the District 82 state representative race, Curren Everett (D) is running against Diane Turner (R).
Izard County races
Races for Izard County sheriff and judge will be open in 2004. Izard County Judge Eddie Cooper is running unopposed for the District 71 state House of Representatives seat and Sheriff Joe Martz is retiring.
Three candidates have filed for Cooper's seat, Jackie Copeland (I) of Violet Hill, Rayburn Finley (D) of Sidney and Steven Rush (D) of Melbourne. Three candidates have filed for Izard County sheriff, Chuck Day (D) of Calico Rock, Kenneth Kent (I) of Melbourne and Tate Lawerence (D) of Melbourne.
The following incumbents will run unopposed in Izard County: County Clerk Rhonda Halbrook, Treasurer Sylvia Engles, Assessor Tammy Sanders, Collector Marilyn Downing, Coroner Eddie Howard and District Court Judge Connie Barksdale.
Five justice of the peace races will be contested. In District 1 incumbent Charles Townsend (D) of Calico Rock will be challenged by Justin Sanders (D) of Pineville. District 2 incumbent George Hicks (D) of Pineville will be opposed by James W. Cook (D) of Wideman. In District 3 incumbent David Sherrell (D) of Brockwell will be challenged by Larry Thomas (D) of Oxford.
In District 4, incumbent Kenneth A. Ballman (I) of Horseshoe Bend faces off against Dale Finley (R) of Evening Shade. District 5 incumbent Neil Olan (D) of Melbourne will be challenged by Clovis Vest (D) of Melbourne.
Two justice of the peace races have no incumbents. In District 6 Jerry W. Crosby (D) of Melbourne will face Eric Smith (D) of Melbourne. In District 8 Wayne Boren (D) of Wiseman will face John R McClannahan (D) of Violet Hill and Kendall Morrison (D) of Melbourne.
Randy Bray of District 7 and James Elbert of District 9 are unopposed.
Two Izard County constable races are being contested. In the Jefferson Township, incumbent Jack T. Ryan (I) of Horseshoe Bend is being challenged by Doug Ligget (R) of Horseshoe Bend and Scott Holloway (D) of Horseshoe Bend. In the Lacrosse Township, Rick George (D) of Violet Hill will face Keith Hollowell (D) of Melbourne.
Arthur Jones of Athens, Alvin Henry of Baker, George Wesley Scriver of Big Spring, Y.D. Whitehurst of Ludenburg, Tim Whitehurst of Millcreek, Jeff Cooper of Newburg, Jeff Sanders of Union and Walter Richards of Violet Hill are running unopposed in constable races.
All Pineville alderman are running unopposed: Darrell E. Killian of Position 1, Mary Sexton of Position 2, Terry Seay of Position 3, Fred Mitchell of Position 4 and Kathy Clark of Position 5.
One Calico Rock alderman race is being contested. In Ward 3 Position 1 Jeremy Harris (D) of Calico Rock is being challenged by Elbert Kizzia (D) of Calico Rock.
Steve Marsee Ward 1 Position1, Bill Wiseman Ward 1 Position 2, Lance Whiteaker Ward 2 Position 1, Bill Killian Ward 2 Position 2, Terry Jenkins Ward 3 Position 2, Paul Killian Ward 4 Position 1 and Ricky Knowles Ward 4 Position 2 are running unopposed.
Calico Rock Recorder/Treasurer Gary Teague is running unopposed. Sharp County races
It's déja vu for Sharp County voters. County Judge Harold Crawford faces challenges from the same two candidates he defeated in the last election.
Former JP Wayne Long, who lost to Crawford in the Democratic primary in 2002, has again filed for judge. And Long's uncle, J.R. Murphy, who lost to Crawford in the general election, has filed notice of intent to run again as an independent candidate for judge.
The filing period for Democratic and Republican candidates ended March 30.
Crawford and Long will be on the ballot for the Democratic primary May 18, and the winner is expected to face Murphy in the general election.
The judge is not the only Sharp County office holder to face a primary election challenge. County Clerk Tommy Estes is being challenged in the primary by Frances "Frankie" Smith of Evening Shade.
Charlotte Ratliff of Cave City is challenging incumbent Jimmie Kunkel for the position of tax collector.
In justice of the peace races, Roger Stark of Hardy will face Boyd Estes of Mammoth Spring for the District 1 position being vacated by JP Marc Goings.
Four candidates have filed for the District 6 position. Incumbent Bartus Allen will face Ricky Lawrence of Ravenden, Danny Denton of Poughkeepsie, and Nancy McGuire of Poughkeepsie.
District 9 JP Buell Wilkes will face Mike Medlock of Poughkeepsie.
Incumbent JPs Darrell Kehrli, District 2; Greg Prenger, District 3; Dennis Burton, District 4; Ray Martin, District 5; Arnold Kunkel, District 7 and Jeral Hastings, District 8 are all unopposed.
R.T. Starken of Cherokee Village and Mark R. Johnson of Hardy both filed for Sharp County District Court judge.
Sheriff Dale Weaver filed for re-election. He is unopposed. Kathy Nix filed for re-election as tax assessor without opposition.
Wanda Girtman filed for county treasurer. She seeks to replace her husband, Norman Girtman, who is retiring. She is unopposed.
Randy McComas of Cherokee Village filed for coroner. Ramona Lindley of Hardy filed for county surveyor.
Two candidates, Steve Rose and Tim McComas, will face off for the District 2 constable position.
David Bryan Coble of Williford filed for District 6 constable along with William Wilson of Williford.
Kenny Ladd of Williford will run for District 1 constable. Larry Cross of Cherokee Village filed for District 3. Joe Black of Hardy filed for District 4. Jeffery Adam of Cave City filed for District 7. James David Edwards of Cave City filed for District 9. No candidates filed for the District 8 position.
Larry Goodwin of Smithville filed for Democratic committeeman for Big Creek Township. Jeffie Anderson of Cave City filed for the Cave Township. H. Olive Stacey of Cherokee Village filed for the Cherokee Township. W.R. Murphy of Hardy filed for the Davidson Township. Randy Ratliff of Cave City filed for the East Sullivan Township. Jimmy Counts of Hardy filed for the Hardy Township. Homer Wiles of Hardy filed for the Highland Township. George Thurston of Williford filed for the Jackson Township. Oscar Ballard of Ash Flat filed for the Lave Creek Township. Sherri Adams of Hardy filed for the Lower North Township. Frances Estes of Poughkeepsie filed for the North Big Rock Township. Carolee Allen of Williford filed for the North Lebanon Township. Judy Powell of Williford filed for the North Union Township. Gary Goldman of Williford filed for the Ozark Township. Gary Mike Sharp of Evening Shade filed for the Piney Fork Township. Martin Carpenter of Ash Flat filed for the Richwood Township. Samuel Crabtree of Cave City filed for the Scott Township. Betty Curtis of Cave City filed for the South Big Rock Township. Hazel Anston of Poughkeepsie filed for the South Lebanon Township. James Wells of Ravenden filed for the South Union Township. Tommy Morgan of Poughkeepsie filed for the Strawberry Township. Jeremy Ratliff of Cave City filed for the West Sullivan Township. No one filed for the Morgan, Upper North or Washington townships.
David G. Blackburn of Cave City, Homer Wiles of Hardy, Yvonne Saeger of Cherokee Village and Grant Goodwin of Cave City filed for delegates for the state convention. Linn Garner of Glencoe filed his notice of intent to run as an independent for District 82 state representative. No Republicans filed for county office.