JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - There are plenty of political races in Region 8 still left to be decided after voters went to the polls on Tuesday.
According to the Secretary of State's office, there are 19 city and county races that will be determined by voters Nov. 29.
The major race for the runoff is a contest for Sharp County Judge, featuring Republican Dustin Rogers and Independent Gene Moore. Both candidates were the top two finishers in the general election Tuesday.
According to Arkansas law, if a candidate does not receive 50.1% of the vote in a multi-candidate race, the top two finishers advance to the runoff. However, a new law passed in 2015 allows a candidate who receives at least 40% of the vote and has a 20 point lead over their opponent to avoid a runoff.
The runoff races in Region 8 are as follows:
- Black Oak City Council, Position 1 - Daniel Carmichael and Tim Jones.
- Brookland City Council, Ward 3, Position 1 - Melinda Burcham and Martin Crain.
- Jonesboro City Council, Ward 2, Position 2 - Gene Vance and Terry Sharp.
- Monette City Council, Ward 1, Position 2 - Kristian Nuckles and Tracey Yates Thompson.
- Earle City Council, Ward 4, Position 2 - Tyrone Hurst and Sarah Johnson.
- Parkin City Council, Ward 1, Position 1 - Sharron Weaver and Sherry Wooten Gillon.
- Fulton County Justice of the Peace, District 2 - Republican Lori Benedict and Independent Lynn Guffey.
- Fulton County Justice of the Peace, District 7 - Democrat Tesa Bishop Nelson and Independent Billie J. Gibson.
- Hoxie City Council, Ward 2, Position 1 - Mary Ditto and Larry Couch.
- Leachville City Council, Ward 3, Position 2 - Rodney Robertson and Michael J. Webster.
- Trumann City Council, Ward 2, Position 1 - Dwight England and Sheila Walters.
- Tyronza City Council, Ward 2, Position 2 - Barbara Ross and Joey Cavitt.
- Weiner City Council, Ward 1, Position 2 - Mary Norris and Jeremy Kimble.
- Randolph County Justice of the Peace, District 4 - Republican Sarah Dunlap and Democrat Dewrell Thompson.
- Randolph County Ward 1 Constable - Republican Brian R. Tilghman and Democrat Raymond D. Mansker.
- Hardy City Council, Ward 1, Position 2 - Bob Gilliland and Laura Smith.
- Dogwood Township Constable - Republican Willie Gilbert and Democrat Fred Fergus.
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