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Races develop for municipal offices

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Several cities in the tri-county area will choose mayors

Before the general elections this fall residents of Izard, Fulton and Sharp counties will vote in municipal elections. The municipal elections are non-partisan and will be held Nov. 7. The filings ended Aug. 9. Several mayors throughout the three counties are facing challengers this fall, and two mayors are stepping down.

Horseshoe Bend will have the most candidates, with three men vying for the position of mayor being vacated by Bob Spear who has served two terms. The candidates for mayor are Robert (Bob) Barnes, Ward 3 Alderman George Florea and Ward 4 Alderman George Williamson.

Also in Izard County, Melbourne Mayor Mike Cone will be challeng by Shannon Womack of Melbourne in the fall general election.

Earl T. Ogle Jr. will challenged incumbent Mike Warden for the mayorship of Oxford.

Johnny Walker and Darlene Folyer will vie for the vacated mayor's seat in Franklin.

Mayors running unchallenged in Izard County are Donnie Fulbright of Mount Pleasant and Lynn Pittman of Guion.

Alderman races in Horseshoe Bend are for the Ward 1 Position 1 council seat, Merlyn (Smiley) Lenhard and David P. Seibert Sr.; Barbara A. Bell and Darryl Demm for Ward 2 Position 1; Walter Mettler Jr., F. Lee Mears and James Colby Anderson for Ward 2 Position 2.

Uncontested Horseshoe Bend races are Lloyd Ryan for Ward 1 Position 2, Willie Moser for Ward 3 Position 1, O.G. (Sonny) Minze for Ward 3 Position 2, George Ronald Flug for Ward 3 Position 2, and Paula Payne for constable.

Running unopposed in Melbourne City Council races are Bill Wright for Ward 1 Position 1, Jerry Crosby for Ward 3 Position 1, Bradley Sipe for Ward 4 Position 1, and William (Bill) Landreth for Ward 4 Position 2.

Filing for the Oxford Ward 4 Position 1 council seat is Brandon S. Gilbert, who will face incumbent Russell K. Sherrell.

Running unopposed in Oxford are Herbert Moss for Ward 1 Position 1, Stephen M. Stevenson for Ward 1 Position 2, Glendon S. Everett for Ward 2 Position 1, Lloyd W. Blevins for Ward 2 Position 2, Billy G. Dockins for Ward 3 Position 1, and Tobias L. McCurley for Ward 3 Position 2.

Running unopposed for Franklin City Council seats are Ren'e Reeves for Position 2, Gary Taylor for Position 3, and Scottie Wolford for Position 4.

All alderman races in Guion are uncontested. Elwin Sapp will run for the Position 1 council seat, Shelby Upton filed for the Position 2 council seat, Janet Lee filed for the Position 3 council seat, Randy Engles for the Position 4 council seat and Larry Sellers for the Position 5 council seat.

The only filing in Mount Pleasant besides the mayor position is by Chris Zirkle for the Position 5 council seat.

Fulton County only has two incumbents facing challengers and they are both in Mammoth Spring races.

All incumbent Fulton County mayors refiled for their positions. One mayor faces a challenger in the general election while two are unopposed.

Incumbent Mammoth Spring Mayor Jean Pace will face Darrel DuBois in the general election.

Viola Mayor Jackie Estes refiled and has no opponent in the fall.

Salem Mayor Gary Clayton was challenged in the Democratic primaries in May and is uncontested in the general election.

An alderman position is also contested in Mammoth Spring. Incumbent Jimmy Mills will face Danny Busch for Ward 1 Position 2.

Unopposed in Mammoth are Larry Burns for Ward 2 Position 2 and William Tibbits for Ward 2 Position 1.

All of Viola's races are uncontested. Running for alderman positions are Dennis Harber for Position 5, Calvin Crawford for Position 1, Robert Ray for Position 2, James Collins for Position 4 and Garry Williams for Position 3. Clerk/Recorder Mike Beaver also refiled and is running unopposed.

Only one filed in Salem. Pamela Pleasant-Bryant filed for recorder/treasurer.

Current Sharp County mayors face some competition in the upcoming November election.

In Sharp County at least two candidates had filed for mayor in Ash Flat, Cave City, Cherokee Village, Evening Shade, Hardy and Sidney.

In Ash Flat, Mayor Brien Nix Hall is challenged by local business owner Danny Traw. In Cave City Norman Kraiger filed for mayor against incumbent Carl W. Johnson. In Cherokee Village Mayor Ray Maynard will be challenged by Lloyd W. Hefley. In Evening Shade Henry Rivers filed against Mayor Lonnie A. Haley. In Sidney both councilman Justin Davis and councilman and former Mayor Billy G. Carter filed for mayor. Mayor Gwen Battles did not file for re-election.

Cherokee Village has another contested race for recorder/treasurer; Phyllis J. Endrihs is challenging incumbent Susan E. Maynard. The Ward 3 Position 2 council seat is also contested. Incumbent June Chelsvig filed for her seat along with Verna Mae Newman.

In Hardy three newcomers entered the race for mayor, former Recorder/treasurer Nina A. Thornton, business owner Greg Bess and Alderman Chad Wiles.

Some councils will be changing faces as well.

In Ash Flat the council will be joined by two newcomers, Jeff Johnson for Ward 2 Position 1 and Beth McEntire for Ward 3 Position 2. Incumbents Jerrell Lesley, Carolyn Stewart, Marty Goodwin and Stacy Bratcher have filed for re-election uncontested.

In Cave City two residents have filed for the Ward 3 Position 2 spot on the council. They are incumbent Paul Wayne Johnson and newcomer Eddie D. Johnson. Incumbents Ronald C. Burge, Billy Corter, Edward Turnbough, Jerry L. McCall, Richard Hawkins II, Ralph Parsley and Dale King filed for re-election.

In Cherokee Village Tom Thone filed for Ward 1 Position 2, incumbent Angela Peterson filed for Ward 2 Position 2, incumbent Peter Martin filed for Ward 4 Position 2 and Jeremy Stevens filed for Ward 4 Position 2.

In Evening Shade incumbents Kimberly R. Graddy , Annemarie W. Avey, Sharon Kunkel, Patty Lou Sample, Richard C. Huff and Dwight Sharp filed for re-election.

In Hardy newcomers Connie Bradley, Melanie Dietsche and Jack V. Huffmaster all filed for the Ward 1 Position 2 seat. Another contested race exists in the Ward 2 Position 1 seat. Newcomers James Herbst and Nathan W. Circle both filed for the seat. Aldermen Amy Hussung, Robert Gilliland, Raymond Hicks and Barry R. Sellers filed for re-election.

No contested races exist in Highland. Alderman Jerome Norwood was the only resident to file for the office of mayor. Newcomers Mary Jo Clark filed for the Ward 1 Position 1 seat, Woodrow Wilson Pardue filed for Ward 1 Position 2, Jeff Holden filed for Ward 2 Position 1 and Jack Kimbrell filed for Ward 4 Position 2. Alderman Ty Casey, David M. Harris, Shawn Reed and Lawrence (Larry) Allen filed for re-election.

In Sidney incumbent Chrystal Westmoreland Turner filed for re-election as recorder/treasurer. Incumbents Colby Martin, Michael Arnold and Alex Moody filed for re-election. No one filed for Position 1. Carter originally filed for re-election to Position 4 but withdrew the filing in order to run for mayor, said Sharp County Clerk Tommy Estes.

There are no contested races in Williford. Alderman Jimmy D. Russell filed for mayor to fill the position vacated when Mayor Edith Elliott moved out of town. Incumbent W. Dudley Louvier filed for re-election as recorder/treasurer. Incumbents Cleveland Mcelroy, Louise Garside, Linda Benson and Jesse Couch filed for re-election. Newcomer Bill Cossey filed for Position 5.

The only write-in candidate to file in Sharp County was Michael Craig Himschoot for District 5 constable.

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