Voters to Decide Run-Off Elections Today

JUNE 8, 2004 - Posted at 7:36 a.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - Officials expect only about seven percent of the state's registered voters will cast ballots in today's primary run-offs in Arkansas.

About twenty percent of eligible voters participated in the May 18 primaries.

Among the legislative seats up for grabs today in Region 8...Phillip Carter of West Memphis will face Otis Davis of Earle for the chance to race against the GOP's Ray Nassar for the District 54 House seat.  In Randolph County, David R. Cook faces Dick N. Roberts of Pocahontas for a spot on the November ballot against Republican Rodney Harris of Pocahontas.

At least five Democratic county judge races are to be decided in northeast Arkansas.  In Cross County, Billy Lee is opposed by Greg Spence.  In Fulton County, Charles Willett faces Jerry Smith.  Former Judge Jerry Shipman squares off with Quorum Court Justice Jesse Dollars in the race for judge in Greene County.  In Jackson County, Jerry Carlew is opposed by Jim Bishop.  Randolph County voters will decide between David Jansen and Mackie McReynolds.

Fulton County voters will also decide a sheriff's race between Carrol Traw and Walter Dillinger.

A run-off for the District Judge's position in Craighead County between Keith Blackman and Val Price will be decided in November.