Craighead Voters Give Wins to Incumbents in Judge, Sheriff Races

MAY 19, 2004 - Posted at 7:51 a.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - Craighead County Judge Dale Haas and Sheriff Jack McCann both turned back strong challenges from opponents last night, and won their respective primary races.

Unofficial returns show that Haas once again out-polled opponent and former State Representative Jerry Allison by an identical 52% to 48% margin, the same margin that he defeated Allison by in 2002.  Alcohol and road-paving were the primary issues that were debated in the race.

In a four-person sheriff's race, McCann managed to avoid a run-off by capturing 54 percent of the vote, compared to Bob Peevey's 26 percent.  Peevey is a former U.S. Marshall and Secret Service agent.  Cash police chief Bobby Johnson managed only 13 percent, while Bay law enforcement officer Kenneth Walker received seven percent.

Elsewhere in Craighead County, Jonesboro attorney Dustin McDaniel outpolled educator Paul House in the District 75 State Representative race.  In District 76, Ray Kidd defeated William Flynn.

In the coroner's race, incumbent Toby Emerson won big against challener Steve Floyd, by a nearly ten-to-one margin.

A run-off will decide the race for District Judge, as none of the four candidates managed to capture more than 50 percent of the vote.  Brookland City Attorney Keith Blackman will oppose former public defender Val Price in the run-off.  Blackman managed 34 percent of the vote, while Price captured 27 percent.  Jonesboro City Attorney Philip Crego had 21 percent, and former municipal Judge Bill Webster brought up the rear, with only 18 percent.