TRUMANN, AR (KAIT) - The city of Trumann has elected a new mayor and will avoid a runoff Thanksgiving week. A new state law does not require a candidate to gain a 50% plus one vote majority, according to Poinsett County Clerk Fonda Condra.
Condra told Region 8 News that her staff is counting provisional ballots, but Barbara Lewallen will likely have enough votes to win the election.
According to Arkansas law, "a candidate who receives a plurality of forty percent (40%) of the votes cast must obtain at least twenty percent (20%) more of the votes cast than the second-place candidate for the municipal office to avoid a runoff general election against the second-place candidate."
Lewallen received 876 votes, 44% of the total. Sheila Walters, the incumbent, received 23% of the vote.
There will be one runoff election in Trumann for a city council position between Donnie Skags and Carl Wilson for Trumann Alderman Ward 3, Position 1.
For complete election results, click here.