May 22 Primary Voter Guide - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

May 22 Primary Voter Guide

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Voters will head to the polls May 22 to decide a variety of federal, state and local races, not to mention a pair of sales tax proposals.

Candidates have spent the last several weeks campaigning throughout Region 8 after the filing period ended on March 1 at the state Capitol in Little Rock and at courthouses.


NOTE: Race results will be available on KAIT, plus via kait8.com on your PC, the Region 8 News app, or your mobile device »


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

FEDERAL RACES

Four Democrats are vying 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

If none of the candidates receive 50.1% of the vote, the top two vote-getters will advance to a June 19 runoff.

The winner of the Democratic primary will face Hill, Libertarian Joe Swafford and write-in candidate Natashia Burch Hulsey in the fall.

STATEWIDE RACES

There are 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 is being challenged in the GOP primary by Jan Morgan.

The winner of the GOP primary will face either Democrats Jared Henderson or Leticia Sanders, who also face off May 22.

The winners of both primaries 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

The winner of the race will face Democrat Susan Inman and Libertarian Christopher Olson in the fall.

JUDICIAL RACES

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

They include a state Supreme Court race that features 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. 

There is 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 is 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 are several state legislative races on the ballot May 22.

They include 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.

STATE HOUSE

DISTRICT 53 (REPUBLICAN)

The District 53 race features 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

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

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

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

DISTRICT 29

There is 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

COUNTY RACES

There are 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.

COUNTY JUDGE (REPUBLICAN)

Marvin Day

Jeff Presley

CIRCUIT CLERK (REPUBLICAN)

Candace Edwards

Mitchell Tipton

CROSS COUNTY

Republicans Dale Arnold and David West are running for Cross County Sheriff, with the winner facing incumbent 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.

The winner of the primary will feature Democrat Jerry Shipman in the fall.

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

The winner 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 are seeking the Republican nod for County Judge.

COUNTY JUDGE (REPUBLICAN)

Robert Griffin

Jason Jones

JACKSON COUNTY

There is a Republican race for Jackson County sheriff on May 22. Both Ricky Morales and Jasper Beede are running to become the Republican nominee to face incumbent Democrat Sheriff David Lucas in the fall.

SHERIFF (REPUBLICAN)

Ricky Morales

Jasper Beede

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

MISSISSIPPI COUNTY

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

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

The winner of the county judge race will face independent Darrell “Frog” Gist in the fall, while the winner of the sheriff’s race 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 features a Republican race for county judge between incumbent Bob Cantrell and challenger Mark A. Weston.

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 are running as Democrats May 22. The winner of the race 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 are running for county collector. The winner of that race will replace longtime collector Norma Pickett, who is not seeking another term in office.

WHITE COUNTY

Four candidates will face off 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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