Region 8 Voters Decide Run-Off Races

JUNE 9, 2004 - Posted at 7:44 a.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - As is almost always the case with run-off elections, only a handful of registered voters throughout Region 8 and the rest of Arkansas returned to polling places yesterday to decide a few run-off election races.

In the District 80 State Representative race covering Randolph County and part of Sharp County, Williford school teacher David R. Cook defeated salesman Dick Roberts of Pocahontas.  Cook will face Republican Rodney Harris of Pocahontas in the general election.

In another legislative race in Region 8, Phillip Carter of West Memphis is challenging the results of a run-off he apparently lost by 75 votes to Otis Davis of Earle.  Carter is challenging 130 absentee ballots.  A hearing is scheduled tomorrow.

Elsewhere in Region 8, Greene County voters chose Quorum Court justice Jesse Dollars over former judge Jerry Shipman in the County Judge's race.  Dollars out-polled Shipman 52 percent, to 48 percent.

Dan Ellison was a run-off with Daniel Webb in the primary race for Lawrence County Sheriff, 53 percent to 47 percent.  Also in Lawrence County, Tina Stowers (74%) defeated Betty Johnson (26%) in the race for County Clerk.

In Jackson County, Judge Jerry Carlew turned back a challenge from Sheriff Jim Bishop.  Carlew defeated Bishop, 58 percent to 41 percent.

Voters in Cross County opted for Greg Spence over incumbent Billy Lee by a 55 to 45 percent tally.

And in Randolph County, David Jansen defeated Mackie McReynolds, 53 percent to 47 percent, in the race for County Judge.