Everett, Crawford win re-election

Friday, May 24, 2002

Incumbent Fulton County Judge Curren Everett held off a challenge from John Rex Hall by an overwhelming margin in Tuesday's Democratic primary election.In complete but unofficial totals, Everett received 1,376 votes (67 percent) to Hall's 677."I want to thank the voters of Fulton County for their support," Everett said. "I will continue to work hard for all of Fulton County. I wish we would have had more voters to come out. Voting is something each and every citizen should do."In the other countywide race in Fulton County, incumbent Collector Calvin "Buster" Smith dispatched challenger Barton Teague 1,625 votes (82 percent) to 345 (18 percent).In Sharp County, two-term incumbent Judge Harold Crawford handily defeated a challenge from Justice of the Peace Wayne Long. Crawford garnered 2,672 votes (60 percent) to Long's 1,813 (40 percent) in complete but unofficial totals."We're very pleased," Crawford said "This is about what we expected. We were a little disappointed with the South boxes, because we feel like we've given those people more than they ever had in 20 years. But the good people down there that supported us, we love them to death. When you get to Ash Flat and start north we weren't surprised by that vote at all; we expected that vote. We felt very confident from day one that we could win this race. We felt very confident that we could win it by a sizeable margin, and I believe we did by about 859. I didn't get to run very hard this time because of what I've been through, and I've been so busy I couldn't work hard at it. The good people in Sharp County that believe in good government are the ones who did this, and I appreciate it very much."Long said, "The way I visited with the people, I thought it would turn out a lot different."Crawford is expected to face independent candidate J.R. Murphy, Long's uncle, in the November general election.In a lop-sided victory, former Sharp County Investigator Dale Weaver defeated Michael "T-Rex" Steele, a drug task force officer, in the race to replace retiring Sharp County Sheriff T.J. "Sonny" Powell. Weaver captured 3,240 votes (72 percent) to Steele's 1,235 (28 percent).Weaver said, "I'm honored that the citizens of Sharp County would have the confidence in me to give me this position and responsibility. And I'm especially humbled that they did it in such an overwhelming fashion."In contested JP races in Fulton County, Walter Dillinger defeated Brian Davis 188 (66 percent) to 96 (34 percent) in District 2; Doug Cunningham edged Carl B. Arnold 148 ((51 percent) to 140 (49 percent) in District 4; Michael Roork defeated Larry Barker 245 (64 percent) to 137 (36 percent) in District 5.Running unopposed were Cris Newberry in District 1; Jim Bicker in District 3; Robert L. Russell for District 6; David Cunningham for District 7; Jerry Smith for District 8; Jimmy Marler in District 9. For the Sharp County Quorum Court Dennis Burton defeated Jim Estes in District 4, 477 votes (69 percent) to 216 (31 percent). Incumbent Ray Martin defeated challenger Jimmie Duke in District 5, 341 votes (73 percent) to 129 (27 percent).Incumbent Bartus Allen barely held off a challenge from Donna Wells in District 6, taking 224 votes (51 percent) to 217 (49 percent). Arnold Kunkel defeated Herman "Junior" Runsick 323 (65 percent) to 171 (35 percent) in District 7.District 1 JP Marcus Goings, who was unopposed in the Democratic primary, is expected to face a challenge from independent candidate Carol Dunaway in the general election.Richard Sackett, who ran unopposed in the Republican primary for the District 2 seat being vacated by JP Bob Evins, is expected to face independents Darrell Kehrli, James Thomas and Les Adam in the general election. No Democratic candidate filed for the office.Independent Patricia Watterbarger is expected to challenge incumbent JP Greg Prenger in District 3.Burton will now face independent candidate Conway Spurlock in the general election for the District 4 seat being vacated by JP Wayne Long. Garry Lawrence, who had filed notice of intent to run as an independent for District 4, has decided not to run.Kunkel faces incumbent District 7 JP Marvin Cossey, an independent, in the general election.Jeral Hastings in District 8 and JP Buell Wilkes in District 9 had no opposition in the Democratic primary and have no challengers in the general election.Incumbent Coroner Jeff Qualls ran unopposed in the Democratic primary but will face Republican challenger Doug Wortham in the general election.In Izard County, incumbents ran unopposed in the races for county judge, sheriff, county and circuit clerk, assessor, collector and treasurer.All nine justices of the peace ran unopposed in the primary election, Democrats in Districts 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8, and Republicans in Districts 4 and 9. None of the nine has a challenger in the general election.Races for Circuit Judge and prosecuting attorney are nonpartisan. Complete results of the judicial races in the 16th District, which includes Fulton, Izard, Independence, Stone and Cleburne counties, were unavailable at press time.In District 3, which includes Sharp, Randolph, Lawrence and Jackson counties, Phil Smith of Pocahontas defeated Larry Kissee of Cherokee Village for Division 2. Smith received 11,061 votes (63 percent) to Kissee's 6,362 (37 percent). Harold Erwin of Newport and Kevin King of Highland ran unopposed for Divisions 1 and 3, respectively.Also in District 3, incumbent Prosecuting Attorney Stewart Lambert of Cherokee Village came in a distant second in a three-way race behind Henry Boyce of Newport, but ahead of deputy prosecutor Brent Crews of Weiner. A runoff election between Boyce and Lambert will be held June 11."I'm disappointed with the Sharp County totals but pleased with the rest of the district's totals," Lambert said. Lambert trailed Boyce by 890 votes in Sharp County and by 2,319 votes district wide.Lambert said he expects to receive an endorsement from Crews, who currently serves as his deputy. He added that he and his deputy together carried a majority of the votes cast. Boyce received 7,234 votes (43 percent), Lambert 4,915 (29 percent), Crews 4,727 (28 percent)."Considering the circumstances and allegations, the people have sent a message that they have confidence in me and my ability to do my job," Lambert said. "It's a pretty good message that's been sent here tonight."Lambert faces charges of hindering apprehension or prosecution and obstructing governmental operations for ordering police officers off his property Jan. 8. The officers were in pursuit of his son, Zachary Lambert, and another man who were suspects in an aggravated robbery and assault earlier that night.All election results are unofficial, awaiting certification by the Secretary of State's Office.

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