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Arkansas Primary Voter Guide

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Arkansas voters head back to the polls June 19 to decide several state legislative, county and city races as part of the runoff election. 

On May 22, voters determined the Republican and Democratic nominees for statewide, state legislative and county races around the state. 

As for June 19, while there are no state legislative runoffs in Region 8, there are several countywide and city races on the ballot. 

In Greene County, there is two Republican justice of the peace races to be decided. 

In District 7, Barry Bateman will face off against Robin Noles. Bateman received 49% of the vote during the primary, followed by Noles with 27%. A third candidate, Rebecca Perrin Allen, picked up 24%.

In District 11, Patrick Lenderman and Ronnie W. Wood are on the ballot. Lenderman finished first in the primary with 48% on May 22, while Wood received 30%. A third candidate, Steve Bennett, finished with 22%. 

There are no Democrats running in the justice of the peace races this fall, so the winners of the runoff will take office in January. 

To the south in Jackson County, voters in Tuckerman will decide the Democratic nominee for city clerk between Vickie Hartsell Adams and Pamela Bobo Cawthon. Adams received 48% on May 22, followed by Cawthon with 29%. 

Also, voters in Stone and White counties will decide Republican nominees for sheriff. 

Johnny Rose and Jerry Linville are running for the Republican nomination for Stone County sheriff, with the winner facing Democratic incumbent Lance Bonds in the fall. 

Rose received 39% during the primary, followed by Linville with 38%. 

Phillip Miller and Clayton Edwards are also seeking the GOP nod for White County sheriff in the runoff. Miller and Edwards were the top two vote-getters in the four-person race during the May 22 primary. 

The winner of the GOP runoff will face independent Michael J. Bullock in the November general election. 

Early voting for the runoff starts June 12 and goes until June 18 in those counties. 

People can check with their county clerk's office for particular times and hours that the polls will be open for early voting. 

Polls will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on June 19. 


HOW IT BEGAN

Here is a look at some of the major races that were decided during the primary this year:

FEDERAL RACES

Four Democrats vied for their party’s nomination to take on incumbent Rep. French Hill, R-Little Rock in the U.S. House 2nd District race.

The district includes White County.

Paul Spencer

Jonathan Dunkley

Gwen Combs

State Rep. Clarke Tucker

Tucker will face Hill, Libertarian Joe Swafford and write-in candidate Natashia Burch Hulsey in the fall.

STATEWIDE RACES

There were three statewide primary races on the ballot May 22.

GOVERNOR

Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson is the incumbent and is seeking a second term in office. He was challenged in the GOP primary by Jan Morgan, defeating Morgan by a 70-30% margin.

Democrat Jared Henderson also defeated Leticia Sanders in the Democratic primary.

Both Hutchinson and Henderson will face Libertarian Mark West in the fall.

GOP

Gov. Asa Hutchinson

Jan Morgan

DEMOCRAT

Jared Henderson

Leticia Sanders

SECRETARY OF STATE

A pair of Republicans will be running in the primary to be their party’s standard-bearer in seeking the Secretary of State’s office.

Both Land Commissioner John Thurston and State Rep. Trevor Drown are running for the office being vacated by Republican Mark Martin, who is term-limited.

GOP

Land Commissioner John Thurston

State Rep. Trevor Drown

Thurston won the primary and will face Democrat Susan Inman and Libertarian Christopher Olson in the fall.

JUDICIAL RACES

There were two state judicial races on the ballot May 22.

They include a state Supreme Court race that featured three candidates -  incumbent Justice Courtney Goodson, Arkansas Court of Appeals judge Kenneth Hixson, and attorney David Sterling.

Justice Courtney Goodson

Judge Kenneth Hixson

David Sterling

If no candidate receives 50.1% of the vote, the top two candidates will advance to the judicial runoff on Nov. 6. 

Both Goodson and Sterling will appear on the November general election ballot. 

There was an Arkansas Court of Appeals seat in District 2, Pos. 1 up for grabs. The district includes several area counties including Baxter, Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Lawrence, Randolph, Sharp, and Stone.

Judge Bart Virden

Johnnie Copeland

Also, there was a prosecuting attorney race in the 1st Judicial District between Todd Murray and James Fitzgerald “JF” Valley.

The district covers Cross, Lee, Monroe, Phillips, St. Francis and Woodruff counties.

STATE LEGISLATIVE RACES

There were several state legislative races on the ballot May 22.

They included Democrat races in state House District 48 and state Senate District 24; as well as Republican races in state House District 53, 63 and state Senate District 19.

Here is a recap of those races:

STATE HOUSE

DISTRICT 53 (REPUBLICAN)

The District 53 race featured incumbent Rep. Dan Sullivan facing challenger Cole Peck. The district covers Jonesboro, Brookland, Lake City, Black Oak, Monette, Caraway and the Lester community.

Rep. Dan Sullivan

Cole Peck

Sullivan won the race and no Democrat filed for the seat.

DISTRICT 63 (REPUBLICAN)

Two candidates – Stu Smith and Bryson Wood – are also running in District 63 to replace Rep. James Sturch, R-Batesville.

Sturch is seeking the Republican nomination in Senate District 19 against incumbent Sen. Linda Collins-Smith, R-Pocahontas.

The district covers part of Independence County, including Batesville, Sulphur Rock, Newark and Oil Trough.

Stu Smith

Bryson Wood

Smith won the race and no Democrat filed for the seat.

STATE SENATE

DISTRICT 19 (REPUBLICAN)

Both Sturch and Collins-Smith are running in the five-county Senate district to face Democrat Susi Epperson in the fall.

The district includes Independence, Izard, Sharp, part of Fulton and part of Randolph counties.

Sen. Linda Collins-Smith

Rep. James Sturch

Sturch won the primary race and will face Epperson in November.

DISTRICT 24 (DEMOCRAT)

The District 24 seat features two Democrats who are also running in a five-county Senate district.

Incumbent Sen. Keith Ingram, D-West Memphis will face Turrell Mayor Dorothy Cooper. The district includes Crittenden, part of Cross, part of Lee, part of Phillips and part of St. Francis counties.

Sen. Keith Ingram

Dorothy Cooper

Ingram won the primary race and no Republican filed for the seat. 

DISTRICT 29

There was also a special election on the ballot for people in Cleburne and White counties.

Republican Ricky Hill is facing Democrat Steven McNeely in the District 29 seat, which covers Cleburne, White, Lonoke, and Pulaski counties.

The winner will replace former Sen. Eddie Joe Williams, R-Cabot, who resigned earlier this year to accept a position with the Trump administration.

Ricky Hill

Steven McNeely

Hill won the special election. 

COUNTY RACES

There were also several county races on the ballot May 22 throughout Region 8.

Here is a look at the major county races in our area:

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY

Craighead County voters will select a new county judge and decide who will serve as circuit clerk, among other races in the county.

Both Marvin Day and Jeff Presley are seeking the Republican nomination for county judge, while incumbent Candace Edwards and challenger Mitchell Tipton are running as Republicans for circuit clerk.

Both Day and Edwards won on May 22. 

COUNTY JUDGE (REPUBLICAN)

Marvin Day

Jeff Presley

CIRCUIT CLERK (REPUBLICAN)

Candace Edwards

Mitchell Tipton

CROSS COUNTY

Republicans Dale Arnold and David West ran for Cross County Sheriff May 22. West won the primary and will face incumbent Democratic Sheriff J.R. Smith in the fall.

SHERIFF (REPUBLICAN)

Dale Arnold

David West

GREENE COUNTY

The race for County Judge will feature Republican incumbent Rusty A. McMillon and challenger Terry Gene Rogers on May 22.

McMillon won the primary and will face Democrat Jerry Shipman in the fall.

Two candidates also ran for Greene County Sheriff on the Republican side. Incumbent David Carter and challenger Shanon Anthony are on the ballot this year.

Carter will face Democrat Steve Franks in the fall.

COUNTY JUDGE (REPUBLICAN)

Rusty A. McMillon

Terry Gene Rogers

INDEPENDENCE COUNTY

Both incumbent County Judge Robert Griffin and Justice Jason Jones both sought the Republican nod for County Judge, with Griffin winning.

COUNTY JUDGE (REPUBLICAN)

Robert Griffin

Jason Jones

JACKSON COUNTY

There was also a Republican race for Jackson County sheriff on May 22. Both Ricky Morales and Jasper Beede ran to become the Republican nominee to face incumbent Democrat Sheriff David Lucas in the fall, with Morales winning in the primary.

SHERIFF (REPUBLICAN)

Ricky Morales

Jasper Beede

Both Samantha Webb and Karen Fortune Cathey are also seeking the Democratic nomination for Circuit Clerk. Cathey won the primary and will face Republican Barbara Metzger Hackney in November.

MISSISSIPPI COUNTY

Mississippi County voters decided Republican nominees for county judge and sheriff during the May primary.

Both John Alan Nelson and Ken Kennemore ran for county judge, while Scott Adams and Bobby Ephlin sought the Republican nomination for sheriff.

Nelson will face independent Darrell “Frog” Gist in the fall, while Ephlin will face incumbent Democrat Dale Cook in November.

COUNTY JUDGE (REPUBLICAN)

John Alan Nelson

Ken Kennemore

SHERIFF (REPUBLICAN)

Scott Adams

Bobby Ephlin

POINSETT COUNTY

The ballot in Poinsett County featured a Republican race for county judge between incumbent Bob Cantrell and challenger Mark A. Weston, with Cantrell winning the primary.

COUNTY JUDGE (REPUBLICAN)

Bob Cantrell

Mark A. Weston

RANDOLPH COUNTY

There will be two Democrats seeking their party’s nomination for sheriff, while two more Democrats are running for county collector.

In the sheriff’s race, both Larry Rogers and Chris Winebaugh ran as Democrats May 22.

Winebaugh will face independents Kevin Bell, Dane C. Dillion and David Edington in the general election.

The winner in November will replace longtime sheriff Gary Tribble, who is not seeking another term in office.

Claudette Hackworth and Jennifer Zitzelberger ran for county collector. Zitzelberger, who won the primary, will replace longtime collector Norma Pickett, who is not seeking another term in office.

WHITE COUNTY

Four candidates faced May 22 to seek the Republican nomination for sheriff in White County.

They include Clayton Edwards, Phillip Miller, Pat Garrett and Charlie Perry.

SHERIFF (REPUBLICAN)

Clayton Edwards

Phillip Miller

Pat Garrett

Charlie Perry

The winner of the primary will face independent Michael J. Bullock in November.

The winner in November will replace Sheriff Ricky Shourd, who is not seeking another term in office.

CITY RACES

Voters in Calico Rock and Walnut Ridge will also decide separate one-cent sales tax proposals May 22.

If approved, the Calico Rock proposal would go toward helping to create a police department and helping the fire department purchase a fire truck. The Walnut Ridge proposal would seek to upgrade the town's sewer system. 

Early voting starts Monday, May 7 and goes from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. 

Early voting will end at 5 p.m., May 21 around the state. Voters will also need to present some sort of photo ID in order to vote. 

People interested in voting can learn more by going to the Arkansas Secretary of State’s election website or by visiting Voter View.

Also, for more information on each federal, state and judicial candidate, click on the Arkansas Secretary of State's candidate website to search. People can also find out information on a list of county candidates by visiting the Association of Arkansas Counties 2018 county candidate list

Polls are open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on May 22 and you can find out more by contacting your county clerk’s office.

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