Candidates file for offices in Fulton, Sharp and Izard counties
Those aspiring to public office began to make their intentions known in clerk's offices in the tri-county area March 21, the first filing day for party candidates running for office in the primary election.
In Fulton County, some of the incumbents for countywide offices filed after the filing period opened March 21. They are Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger, County and Circuit Clerk Vickie Bishop, and County Treasurer Larry Humphries. All filed as Democrats.
Four incumbents also filed to hold their Fulton County justice of the peace offices. They are District 3 JP Jim Bicker, District 5 JP Michael Roork, District 6 JP Marjorie Rogers and District 8 JP Jimmy Marler. All filed as Democrats with the exception of Rogers, who filed as a Republican.
Others seeking justice of the peace office are Michael C. Barnett, filing for District 4 JP; Robert "Bob" Russell, for District 6 JP; and Tom Harris, for District 7 JP. Russell and Barnett filed as Democrat,s while Harris filed as a Republican.
Incumbent Boyd Dailey filed for another term as Fulton/MT Township constable. In the Benton/Union Township, Richard "Dink" Hutchins and Denver Hoskins, both Republicans, filed for the constable position.
Salem filings for aldermen include William W. "Bill" Newton for Ward 1 Position 2 and Richard Frazier for Ward 2 Position 1.
Rhonda Halbrook, a Democrat, was the first candidate to file in Izard County. She filed for re-election as county and circuit court clerk.
Other countywide office filings in Izard County include County Treasurer Sylvia Engles, County Judge Rayburn Finley, County Assessor Tammy Sanders, County Sheriff Tate Lawrence and County Collector Marilyn A. Downing. All are Democrats as well as incumbents.
Several incumbent JPs filed. These candidates are District 1 JP Charles Townsend, District 2 JP George Hicks, District 3 JP David Sherrell, District 5 JP Clovis Vest, District 6 JP Eric Smith, District 8 JP Wayne Boren. All are Democrats. Filing a notice of candidacy to run as an independent was District 9 JP James Elbert.
Non-incumbents filing for Izard County justices of the peace were Justin Sanders for District 1 JP, Etta Smallwood, District 3 JP; Neil Olan, District 5 JP. All are Democrats.
In Izard County constable races incumbent Alvin J. Henry filed for Baker Township, Dennis R. Atkins filed for New Hope Township and incumbent Wayne Boren filed for the township committee of Baker Township. All are Democrats.
Filing a notice of candidacy was independent James A. Griffin who filed for Jefferson Township.
Calico Rock filings for aldermen 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 Knoles for Ward 4 Position 2. All are Democrats.
When the filing period began at noon, Sharp County judge candidate Marc Goings of Hardy was the first to file with Sharp County Democratic Central Committee Secretary Yvonne Saeger.
Other candidates for county office weren't far behind, including former Cave City Superintendent Larry Brown, another candidate for the county judge position.
Others who filed for county office by 4 p.m. March 24 included Sheriff Dale Weaver, County and Circuit Clerk Tommy Estes, Tax Assessor Kathy Nix, Tax Collector Charlotte Ratliff, Treasurer Wanda Girtman, Surveyor Ramona Lindley, District 5 JP Ray Martin and District 6 JP Bartus Allen.
Ash Flat Police Chief Mike Zeiger of Hardy filed for District 1 constable along with Don Leonard. Incumbent Steve A. Rose of Cherokee Village filed for District 2, incumbent Larry Cross of Cherokee Village filed for District 3, and Jim Estes of Ash Flat and Michael R. Orosz of Cherokee Village filed for District 4.
JP Darrell Kehrli, an independent from Cherokee Village, submitted his notice of intent to seek re-election for the District 2 position.
Highland Fire Chief Doug Wortham of Cherokee Village, filed his notice of intent to run as an independent candidate for county coroner.
Incumbent Carolee Allen of Williford filed for committeeman for the North Lebanon Township.
Others seeking county office must file in the clerk's office by noon April 4.
The primary election is May 23. The general election will be Nov. 7.