The primary elections held May 23 are over and the incumbent sheriffs, Walter Dillinger of Fulton County and Tate Lawrence of Izard County, have retained their offices.
Dillinger defeated challenger Terry Dailey 1,149 votes (74 percent) to 397. Lawrence beat challenger Rick Kimble 1,157 votes (61 percent) to 746.
The sheriffs' offices were the only county wide offices up for grabs during the election. Without Republican opposition in the fall, the winners can take a two-year break from campaigning.
"I just want to thank the voters of Fulton county for giving me another term. We'll keep working on the drug problem, serving warrants and collecting fines," Dillinger said.
Five Izard County Justice of the Peace seats were contested. For District 1 JP, Justin Sanders defeated Charles Townsend 42 votes (56 percent) to 31. In the District 2 JP race, Thomas W. Rushing defeated George Hicks 37 votes (61 percent) to 23. District 3 JP is David Sherrell who beat Etta Smallwood 189 votes (75 percent) to 60. Clovis Vest defeated Neil Olan 188 votes (51 percent) to 180 in the race for District 5 JP.
No Republicans registered to run for any office in Izard County so there will be no JP races in the November General Election. Incumbent District 4 JP Kenneth Ballman, an independent, District 6 JP Eric Smith and District 7 JP Randy Bray, both Democrats, did not have challengers.
Most county wide office incumbents in Izard County did not face challengers and retained their offices. They are Izard County Judge Rayburn Finley, Circuit Clerk Rhonda Halbrook, County Treasurer Sylvia Engles, County Assessor Tammy Sanders, County Collector Marilyn Downing and Coroner Eddie Howard.
Izard County constable candidates were unopposed this year. The candidates were Alvin J. Henry for Baker Township, Dennis R. Atkins for New Hope, Y.D. Whitehurst for Lunenburg, Tim Whithurst for Millcreek Township, Jeff Sanders for Union Township and Edward Sollock for Athens Township.
Incumbent JPs who were unchallenged in Fulton County were District 1 JP Cris Newberry, District 3 JP Jim Bicker, District 5 JP Michael Roork and District 9 JP Jimmy Marler. All filed as Democrats. Michael C. Barnett of Salem, filing for District 4 JP did not have an opponent for the vacant seat.
Incumbents unopposed for county wide offices were Fulton County Judge Charles Willett, County and Circuit Clerk Vickie Bishop, County Assessor Jerry Humphrey, County Collector Calvin "Buster" Smith, County Treasurer Larry Humphries and County Coroner Steven C. Barker.
In the fall general election District 6 JP, Marjorie Rogers, a Republican, will square off against Democrat Bob Russell. District 7 JP David Cunningham, a Democrat, will face Republican Tom Harris.
Unopposed in Fulton County constable races were incumbent Boyd Dailey for Fulton/MT Township, Leonard Pickle for Afton Township, Scott Holloway for Strawberry Township, Christopher M. Spurlock for Vidette-Big Creek Township and Philip Story for Washington Township. All are Democrats except for Holloway who filed as an independent.
Richard "Dink" Hutchins defeated Denver Hoskins 9 votes (64 percent) to 5 in the Republican race for constable of Benton Union Township in Fulton County. He will go on to face Democrat Garold "Butch" Blair and independent Clifford Pleasant in November.
The Cleveland Township constable will also be chosen in the fall when Democrat M.L. "Mike" Hess and independent J. Dean Tharp square off.
Louis Young defeated Ann Reynolds for the county committee seat of Afton, 45 votes (65 percent) to 24.
Patty Hardin defeated Robert "Bob" Russell for the Myatt county committee 38 votes (73 percent) to 14.
Two independents will face off in the fall for Pleasant Ridge Township constable when Wendell A. Lane faces Gerald Holloway.
Gary Clayton beat Max Jackson for Salem mayor 151 votes (69 percent) to 66. Salem Aldermen Betty Teague of Ward 1 Position 1, William W. "Bill" Newton of Ward 1 Position 2 and Richard Frazier of Ward 2 Position 1, were all unopposed.
In Calico Rock aldermen candidates faced no opposition. Winners were 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.
In Pineville municipal elections Joyce Klein was unopposed for mayor. Noel Rex Whitfield was unopposed for Alderman Position 4, Mary Sexton was unopposed for Alderman Position 2 and Kethy Tetrick was unopposed for Alderman Position 5.