The May 20 primary decided three races in Sharp County and one important issue for Cherokee Village.
The new JP for District 9 is James Todd Price of Smithville. Price won the election against fellow newcomer Mike Medlock of Smithville who also filed for the position. Price won the race against Medlock by a vote of 185 (80.8 percent) to 44 (19.2 percent). Incumbent Buell Wilkes did not seek reelection.
In the Big Creek precinct 47 residents voted for Price and nine for Medlock. In the Cave precinct 77 residents voted for Price and 13 for Medlock. In the Scott precinct 35 votes went for Price and only one for Medlock. In South Big Creek precinct there were eight votes for Price and 14 for Medlock. In the Washington precinct eight votes were for Price and two were for Medlock. All three of the absentee votes were cast for Price. Of the 12 total early votes, seven were for Price and five were for Medlock.
District 3 Constable Mary L. Wanley retained her position against challenger Leneil Taylor by a vote of 100 (78 percent) to 28 (22 percent).
Wanley had 71 votes in Cherokee precinct, four absentee votes and 25 early votes. Taylor had 24 votes in the Cherokee precinct, one absentee vote and three early votes.
In the District 5 Constable race, Steven Rose and incumbent Michael Himschoot both filed for the Ash Flat position. Himschoot won the race by a vote of 57 (63.3 percent) to 33 (36.7 percent).
In the Richwood precinct 37 residents voted for Himschoot and 26 voted for Rose. The only absentee vote cast in the race was for Rose. Of the 26 total early votes, 20 were cast for Himschoot and six for Rose.
Cherokee Village will have a controlled archery deer hunt after all. Residents voted 301 (70.2 percent) to 128 (29.8 percent) in favor of the hunt.
In Sharp County, residents voted 185 for the hunt and 81 against in the Cherokee precinct. There were also six absentee votes for and six votes against the measure. There were also 45 early votes in favor and 18 votes against the hunt. In Fulton County, there were a total of 65 residents who voted in favor of the hunt while 23 voted against it.
Such hunts are typically scheduled to begin before the regular opening of archery season which begins in early October. The soonest a hunt could take place in the city is this September.
The hunt will be organized by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
There were many uncontested races in the county on the ballot. JPs Roger Stark, Darrell Kehrli, Greg Prenger, Dennis Burton, Ray Martin, Bartus Allen, Arnold Kunkel and Jeral Hastings all filed for reelection. They were uncontested.
In other matters, Larry W. Brown filed for another term as Sharp County Judge. Sheriff Dale Weaver, Clerk Tommy Estes, Assessor Kathy Nix, Collector Charlotte Ratliff and Treasurer Wanda Girtman also filed for reelection. They, too, were uncontested.
In other constable districts, Mike Zeiger filed for reelection to District 1 in Hardy. Incumbent Steve A. Rose filed for District 2 in Cherokee Village. Michael R. Orosz filed for reelection to District 4 in Highland. Incumbent Clint Madison filed for District 6. Newcomer Eric J. Pickle filed for District 7 constable in Cave City.
Doug Wortham filed his intent to run as an Independent candidate for county coroner against incumbent Randy M. McComas in the November general election.
No one filed for county surveyor or for constable for Districts 8 or 9 by noon March 10, the time when the filing period officially ended.