JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Candidates vying for four different positions in Craighead County were invited out to a candidate forum Monday evening at the Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce. They were able to answer questions about the issues and better inform Craighead County residents like Shirley Miller on who they're voting into office.
"I always vote. I've always voted, since I was 21," Miller told Region 8 News. The Craighead County voter said she doesn't go into the polls without first knowing more about who she's voting into office. She feels other should do the same.
"I think that's a bad thing...just to vote to be voting when you don't know what the candidates stand for," Miller said.
She and many other Craighead County residents were at the Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce to hear where candidates stand on the issues. Candidates for the Craighead County Sheriff, Clerk, Treasurer and Tax Collector were invited to attend the forum. Two candidates, however, did not show. Democratic incumbent County Clerk, Nancy Nelms and Republican candidate for County Treasurer, Joy Faye Simmons were both absent from the forum.
In the race for County Clerk, Nelms' opponent, Green Party Candidate, Kade Holliday was at the forum. Republican Joy Faye Simmons opponent for County Treasurer, Terry McNatt was also at the event. Both candidates for County Tax Collector, Republican Timothy Simmons and Democrat Marsha Phillips were at the forum.
One of the biggest races in Craighead County next month will be for that of Craighead County Sheriff. Current Sheriff Jack McCann announced last August that he wouldn't be running for reelection. Now, Republican Dwight Tosh and Democrat Marty Boyd are vying for the position. They also feel people need to be better informed before going to the polls.
Marty Boyd had this to say before heading into the forum, "I definitely feel like I am the most qualified candidate for the job," Boyd said. "I look forward to meeting citizens and creating new lines of contact and I have a vision for Craighead County that I'll bring us to the future. I feel great that if you take the time to learn both candidates and the background that you'll see that I am the best candidate."
Region 8 News also spoke with Dwight Tosh before the forum began. Here's what he had to say regarding the upcoming election, "Spending 37 years with the Arkansas State Police and 17 of those I was a troop commander where I oversaw the day to day operations of a nine county state police troop and I just feel that I can bring that kind of experience and that type of administrative duties to the sheriff's office and implement that and make it a very efficient organization," Tosh told Region 8 News.
Election Day is November 6. Region 8 News will of course track these and many other races and bring you the results on that day.