Formon, Pierce to Duel in Jonesboro Mayoral Run-Off

NOVEMBER 3, 2004 - Posted at 7:18 a.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - Jonesboro police sergeant Doug Formon was the top vote-getter last night in the city's seven-man mayoral race, but he didn't capture enough votes to avoid a run-off with local businessman Dan Pierce.

Formon captured 42 percent of the city's popular vote, while Pierce finished second in the balloting with just under 36 percent.  A candidate must capture more than 50 percent of the votes to avoid a run-off.  The city's other five mayoral candidates finished the race as follows...

Butch Herring, 7 percent.

Travis Moore, 6 percent.

Paul Bednar, 6 percent.

Kevin Rhodes, 2 percent.

Greg Cowles, 1 percent.

Meanwhile, run-off races are also set now in two Jonesboro City Council races.  In the Ward 4, Position 2 alderman's race, Mitch Johnson and Don Mullenix will square off again in three weeks to decide the position.  Unofficial results show Johnson outpolled Mullenix 40 percent to 39 percent.  Keith Carle finished a distant third with 21 percent.

In the Ward 2, Position 6 alderman's race, Jimmy Ashley and Richard Carvell will meet in a run-off.  Ashley captured 33 percent of the vote, while Carvell was right behind with 31 percent.  The two men outpolled David Jackson with 23 percent and Joe Kosso with 13 percent.

The run-off election is set for November 23.  Early voting for the run-off races begins Monday.