Political Season Arrives in Region 8

January 30, 2004 -- Posted at 6:19 pm CST

JONESBORO--The political season has officially started in Craighead County.

Friday is the first day that candidates running for District Court Judge in Craighead County could start filing their paperwork. Other office seekers must wait until March before they can file, but already several people in the community have announced their candidacies.

Craighead County Clerk Nancy Nelms expects this to be a big year at the polls because Jonesboro Mayor Brodell has decided not to run again.

"It's the first time that office has been open in a long time," said Craighead County Clerk Nancy Nelms.

Jonesboro Historian Danny Honnoll says it's been a few years since there's been any type of real dog fight for any positions in Craighead County. He says major issues usually get people out to the polls in this area: issues like liquor by the drink or the gambling proposal.

"There may be a local issue at the very end that may pull more people out," said Honnoll.

This is a presidential election year, and Honnoll forsees more people turning out for that reason as well, but from a historical perspective, he says it's a local race that will likely be the attention grabber.

"We don't turn mayors over very often in Craighead County. Everybody remembers Herbert Sanderson to Neil Stallings to Hubert Brodell. Who ever gets the office, if they do a good job they may have that job for 10 to 15 years," said Honnoll.