John Mayberry to not file injunction in Blytheville mayoral race

Published: Nov. 19, 2022 at 8:06 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 21, 2022 at 5:43 PM CST
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BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (KAIT) - Blytheville mayoral candidate John Mayberry is stepping back on his plans to file an injunction regarding the mayoral race in Blytheville.

On Monday, Nov. 21, Mayberry explained no lawyer in the area wanted to touch the request and that it was too expensive.

The move came after a debate on who actually won the race in Mississippi County.

On Monday, Nov. 14, a runoff was declared between Melisa Logan and John Mayberry in the Blytheville mayor race.

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, a recount was done in Mississippi county and the Mississippi County Election Commission declared Melisa Logan the winner.

Upon the announcement of Logan’s win, Mayberry said he didn’t contest the decision initially but changed his mind after speaking to voters.

“I was just gonna let it go, but the people said ‘no, we wanna fight,” he said.

He said voters wanted to make their voices heard about the certification process. Their concerns stem from two ballots.

On Thursday, Nov. 18, Region 8 News spoke with Thomas Wiktorek, Chairman of the Mississippi County Election Commission about what happened with the ballots in question.

“We included them and then there was an objection made that we were using them. So, we went ahead and pulled the two ballots out. Then we were instructed by the Secretary of State to put the ballots back in,” he said.

Voters said the two ballots could have been the difference between having a runoff or not, which is leaving some with questions and uncertainty.

“It’s about the electoral process. Was it fair? The two votes that are in question, I mean, were those legal votes?” Tony Hollis, a voter, said.

“We’re dissatisfied with the two dirty votes that were allowed to be placed and to make a difference,” said Ronnie Hayse, Blytheville Mayoral Candidate, and Pastor.

Mayberry had hoped the injunction would have taken the race to a runoff.

He told Region 8 News on Nov. 21 that even though he is not going through with the injunction, he would support Mayor-elect Logan.