Candidates Seeking Vacant Alderman Seat

September 2, 2003 - Posted at: 8:45 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, Ark. -- The vacancy on the Jonesboro City Council is one step closer to being filled as two people officially declared their candidacy for the special election.

Judith Furr and Clifford Toney filed paperwork with the Jonesboro City Clerk's office Tuesday. They hope to fill the Ward 5, Position 2 vacancy on the council that was created when Councilman Paul Copeland moved out of Jonesboro for a business opportunity.

Furr has been a longtime resident of Jonesboro, and involved in volunteer work for the past 31 years. She is chairman of the Board of Directors of the Northeast Arkansas Regional AIDS Network. Furr has been involved with community policing for the past 5 years, and continues to chair Project 365.

While on vacation, Furr told K8 News that "she's gotten a real good sense of city government in the last 5 years, and wants to continue serving the people of Jonesboro."

Clifford Toney was born in Dallas, and his family has been here for 6 generations. After continuing his education in Arkansas, Toney went on to become a professional auctioneer. He owns commercial property in Jonesboro, has served in several committees on the Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce, and graduated from Leadership Jonesboro in 1993.

"I've had people over the years, a large number of people have suggested and requested that I get involved in some level," said Toney. "So this seat has been left un-filled, and I thought this would be time to do my part."

Toney and Furr's qualifications will be considered next week, as the City Council begins their decision process.