May primaries will determine some offices
Incumbent Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger faces a challenge from Terry Dailey in the May 23 Democratic primary to decide who will hold the office for the next two years.
The election filing period for Arkansas ended April 4 at clerks' offices around the state.
Incumbents unopposed for offices are Fulton Fulton County Judge Charles Willett, County and Circuit Clerk Vickie Bishop of Salem, County Assessor Jerry Humphrey, County Collector Calvin "Buster" Smith, County Treasurer Larry Humphries and County Coroner Steven C. Baker. All filed as Democrats.
Two Fulton County justices of the peace races will be contested in the fall elections. Incumbent Marjorie Rogers, a Republican, will face Robert "Bob" Russell for the District 6 JP position. In the District 7 JP race, incumbent David Cunningham, a Democrat, will face Tom Harris, a Republican.
Michael C. Barnett filed for District 4 JP, which is an open position.
The rest of the Fulton County incumbent JPs are unopposed. They are District 1 JP Cris Newberry, District 2 JP Lynn Guffey, District 3 JP Jim Bicker, District 5 JP Michael Roork, District 8 JP Jack Haney and District 9 JP Jimmy Marler. All filed as Democrats with the exception of Guffey, an Independent.
Running unopposed in township constable races are incumbent Boyd Dailey, who filed for another term as Fulton/MT Township constable, incumbent Leonard Pickle for the Afton Township constable position, Scott Holloway who filed for Strawberry Township constable, Christopher M. Spurlock filing for Vidette-Big Creek, and Philip Story filing for Washington. All are Democrats except for Holloway who filed as an independent.
In the Benton/Union Township, Richard "Dink" Hutchins, Denver Hoskins, Clifford Pleasant Sr. and Garold "Butch" Blair filed for the constable position. Hutchins and Hoskins filed as Republicans, Pleasant as an independent and Blair as a Democrat.
Running for the Cleveland Township constable position are Democrat M.L. "Mike" Hess and independent J. Dean Tharp.
In the Pleasant Ridge Township constable race Wendell A. Lane will face Gerald Holloway. Both are independents.
Township committee filings for Democrats are incumbent Louis Young and Ann Reynolds for Afton, Keith McHenry for Benton/Union, Carmon Sanders for Cleveland, Homer R. Collins for Mammoth Spring, incumbent Patty Hardin and Robert "Bob" Russell for Myatt, Dale Godwin for Pleasant Ridge, Michael R. Allen for Southfork/Wilson, William Hurtt for Strawberry, Max Ray Shrable for Vidette/Big Creek and Boyce Bassham for Washington.
All Republican township county committee positions are at large. Filing are Jim Brown of Cherokee Village, Hugh D. Browning of Salem, Raymond M. Casey of Salem, Linda Casey of Salem, Tom Harris of Glencoe, Karen McFarren of Salem and Gary Phillips of Salem.
Salem filings for aldermen are Betty Teague for Ward 1 Position 1, William W. "Bill" Newton for Ward 1 Position 2 and Richard Frazier for Ward 2 Position 1
Filing for Salem mayor is incumbent Gary Clayton, who will face Max Jackson. Both have filed as Democrats.
Incumbent Dwayne Plumlee filed for Salem city attorney. Plumlee is a Democrat.
Izard County also had its share of incumbents running unopposed, with just a few offices countywide being contested.
Izard County will have only one countywide seat contested. Incumbent Sheriff Tate Lawrence is being challenged by Rick Kimble in the May 23 Democratic Primary. The winner of the primary will face Kenneth L. Kent, an independent, in the fall election.
Izard County Circuit Clerk Rhonda Halbrook was the first to file in the county. Other countywide office filings in Izard County include County Treasurer Sylvia Engles, County Judge Rayburn Finley, County Assessor Tammy Sanders, County Collector Marilyn A. Downing and Coroner Eddie Howard. All are Democrats as well as incumbents.
Several Izard County justice of the peace positions will be contested in the Democratic Primaries. For District 1 JP, incumbent Charles Townsend will face challenger Justin Sanders. In District 2, incumbent George Hicks will face Thomas W. Rushing. In District 3, incumbent David Sherrell will face Etta Smallwood. The District 5 JP race will see incumbent Clovis Vest facing Neil Olan. District 8 JP incumbent Wayne Boren will be challenged by Don Johnson.
Several incumbent JPs are unopposed, District 4 JP Kenneth Ballman, District 6 JP Eric Smith, District 7 JP Randy Bray. All are Democrats. Filing a notice of candidacy to run as an independent in District 9 was James Elbert.
In Izard County constable races Alvin J. Henry filed for Baker Township, Dennis R. Atkins filed for New Hope, Y.D. Whitehurst filed for Lunenburg, Tim Whithurst filed for Millcreek Township, Jeff Sanders for Union Township, and Edward Sollock for Athens Township.
Township committee filings are incumbent Wayne Boren filing for Baker Township, Mildred Cheatham for Newburg Township, R.J. Blankenship for Knob Creek Township, James W. Grice for Sage Township, Harold R. Jeffery for Union Township, Lois Moser for Guion Township, Helen Rand for Bryan Township, Jeralene Love for Millcreek Township, Marlene Malone for Jefferson Township, Jerry Bookout for Violet Hill Township, Karin Brown for Pleasant Hill Township, Angie Lawrence for Mount Pleasant Township and Bill Blevins for Franklin Township. All are Democrats.
Filing a notice of candidacy was independent James A. Griffin who filed for Jefferson Township.
Calico Rock filings for aldermen include David Blankenship for Ward 1 Position 1, Bill Wiseman for Ward 1 Position 2, Lance Whiteaker for Ward 2 Position 1, Bill Killian for Ward 2 Position 2, Stephen Killian for Ward 3 Position 1, Terry Jenkins for Ward 3 Position 2, Paul Killian for Ward 4 Position 1 and Ricky Knowles for Ward 4 Position 2. All are Democrats.
Joyce Klein is unopposed for the position of Pineville mayor.
Noel Rex Withfield will be unopposed for Position 4, Mary Sexton will run unopposed for Position 2 and Kethy Tetrick will be unopposed for Position 5.
Two surprise last-minute independent filings could change the results of the sheriff and judge races in Sharp County.
Two Democratic candidates filed for Sharp County sheriff. Sheriff Dale Weaver filed for reelection but is being challenged by juvenile probation officer Kevin Burton. Whoever wins the Democratic nomination will face an independent sheriff candidate, Hardy Police Chief Ernie Rose, in the November election.
The same situation exists with the judge's race.
Former Cave City Superintendent and JP Larry Brown filed for the seat along with local businessman and former JP Marc Goings. Whoever wins the Democratic nomination will face seasoned judge candidate Wayne Long, who has run for judge in the last two elections as a Democratic candidate, in the November election. This year he has filed his intent to run as an independent candidate.
The only other contested races are for area constables.
Five people filed to be the next District 1 constable. They are: Ash Flat Police Chief Mike Zeiger, Don Leonard, Israel Hester, Jim Gould, all of Hardy, and Kenny Ladd of Williford.
District 3 Constable Larry Cross filed for reelection and will face challenger Mary L. Wanley in the Democratic primary. Both candidates are from Cherokee Village.
Michael R. Orosz of Cherokee Village filed for District 4 constable, along with Jim Estes of Ash Flat.
Clint Madison, Robert McKnight and incumbent David Bryan Coble filed for District 6 constable. All are from Williford.
Another contested race exists in the coroner's race. Doug Wortham of Cherokee Village filed his notice of intent to run as an independent candidate for Sharp County coroner against Democratic incumbent Randy McComas in November.
Uncontested races are numerous.
County and Circuit Clerk Tommy Estes, County Tax Assessor Kathy Nix, County Tax Collector Charlotte Ratliff, County Treasurer Wanda Girtman and County Surveyor Ramona Lindley filed for reelection.
District 1 JP Roger Stark, District 3 JP Greg Prenger, District 4 JP Dennis Burton, District 5 JP Ray Martin, District 6 JP Bartus Allen, District 7 JP Arnold Kunkel, District 8 JP Jeral Hastings and District 9 JP Buell Wilkes filed for reelection. All are Democrats. Incumbent District 2 JP Darrell Kehrli, an independent candidate, filed his notice of intent to run in the general election.
Incumbent Steve A. Rose of Cherokee Village filed for District 2 constable.
District 7 Constable Jeff Adam of Cave City filed for reelection.
No one filed for District 5 constable, according to the Sharp County Clerk's Office.
In the race for Republican committeeman for the Cherokee Township, Glenn A. Harris, Leonard M. Judickas, Sylvia J. Ross and Richard A. Sackett all filed for the position.
Other Republicans who filed include Dean L. Beardslee for the Highland Township, LouAnn Cushman for Lave Creek and A.C. McClaran for the Upper North.
In the race for Democratic committeeman for the Upper North Township, James Frank Bettis and Boyd Estes both filed for the position.
Candidates for Democratic committeemen include incumbent Larry Goodwin for Big Creek, Jeffie Brown for Cave, incumbent H. Olive Stacey for Cherokee, incumbent W.R. "Fat" Murphy for Davidson, incumbent Randy Ratliff for East Sullivan, incumbent Jim Counts for Hardy, Homer E. Wiles for Highland, incumbent George Thurston for Jackson, incumbent Sherri Adams for Lower North, Rick Spurlock for Morgan, Frances Estes for North Big Creek, incumbent Carolee Allen for North Lebanon, incumbent Judy Powell for North Union, incumbent Gary Goldman for Ozark, incumbent Mike Sharp for Piney Fork, Martin B. Carpenter for Richwood, incumbent Sam Crabtree for Scott, incumbent Hazel Anston for South Lebanon, incumbent James R. Wells for South Union, incumbent Tommy Morgan for Strawberry, Carol Wilkes for Washington and incumbent Jeremy Ratliff for West Sullivan.
Early voting begins May 8 for the May 23 primary. The general election will be Nov. 7.