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Pocahontas, AR -- Brandi Hodges Reports

Countdown to Mayor's Race in 2006 Primary Election

May 22, 2006 -- Posted at 4:48 p.m. CDT

POCAHONTAS, AR -- For voters in Randolph County, picking a candidate in the mayoral race this year is a difficult task.

There are three candidates in the race: Mayor Gary Crocker, Dr. Kathleen Quinn, and Dick Roberts, who passed away on May 6th.

All of the candidates say their campaigns have gone very well. Mayor Gary Crocker says getting out into the public has been hard, because of his duties as mayor.

"I've just tried to campaign, and see as many people as I could. I've not been able to get to as many doors as I did the first time," said Crocker.

Since the death of candidate Dick Roberts, Mayor Crocker says he hasn't physically campaigned at all.

However, Roberts' wife Pam has kept the campaign alive.

"I woke up the morning after my husband passed away, and it was just something I had to do. It was the last thing I could do. It was the last thing I could do for him. His plans are all in his office, it's all laid out for me, the way he wanted the city run... it's just something I had to do," said Pam Roberts.

The plan for Pocahontas that Dick Roberts has left behind is very detailed. Mrs. Roberts says if her husband wins, she will sell her salon to be the Mayor of Pocahontas.

However, some other candidates don't agree that the campaign should have continued.

"You vote, and you don't throw your vote away. If you want to honor my deceased colleague, you honor him by voting for life. The life of this community is up for grabs at this point," said mayoral candidate Dr. Kathleen Quinn.

"I think that's wrong. Dick wouldn't have been running if he thought somebody was in the office that could fulfill those shoes," said Roberts. "He wouldn't have run for office if he didn't feel that we needed a bigger and better Pocahontas."

What do the candidates want the voters to focus on?

"I want the people of Pocahontas to focus on the job that I've done, and the achievements that we've made. That's what I'm concentrating on," said Crocker.

"I grew up in this community, and I know most of the community to begin with. I think people are very open and very warm to me. I'm pretty well known here," said Quinn.

No matter how the campaigns have gone so far, on Tuesday the race will be decided.

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