May 7, 2008 Edition

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Two vying for county clerk
and district judge positions

Tina Stowers

Ashley Forreter

Larry Hayes

Vickie Warner

Gretchen Hunt

Incumbent County Clerk Tina Stowers and former Deputy County Clerk Ashley Forrester will face off in the May 20 Democratic Primary for the office of county clerk.

Stowers, now serving in her second term in the office, told The TD in her formal announcement, "I have enjoyed working for and serving the people of Lawrence County for the past three years and look forward to many more years.

Stowers and her husband, Harold, live in Hoxie, and they have two children. Their son, Blair, and his wife, Jamie, live in College City and have a son, Henry. Their daughter, Haley, is married to Aaron Foster, and they live in Hoxie.

Forrester worked in the county clerk's office as a deputy clerk from 2004 to 2007.

"I am very excited at the possibility of serving the people of Lawrence County," she said in her announcement. "I would consider it a great honor and pleasure to serve as your next county clerk."

Forrester is married to Larry Forrester. They live in Walnut Ridge and have two children, Cade and Cara. She is the daughter of David and Darla McEntire of Walnut Ridge and the granddaughter of Kenneth and Wanda McEntire and Juanita Tolson, all of Walnut Ridge, and the late Bud Tolson.

District judge

Lawrence County District Judge Larry Hayes will face a challenger in the Democratic Primary, as well. Vickie Warner will also be vying for the seat.

During his career in Lawrence County, Hayes has had a private law practice and served as a juvenile referee, deputy prosecutor and city attorney. During the last several years, he has served solely as district judge.

"Through the years, I have always taken very seriously the confidence placed in me and have worked hard to keep current and be a fair and impartial judge," Hayes said in his announcement for office. "I look forward to serving another term and doing my part to keep Lawrence County a good community."

He is married to Carolyn Hayes, former circuit clerk, who is now serving as Walnut Ridge city clerk.

Warner has served in several capacities throughout the years. She worked as a child welfare attorney for four years, as deputy prosecuting attorney for the 16th Judicial District for six years and as a law clerk at the Arkansas Court of Appeals. She also had a private practice in Walnut Ridge for two years. She is currently serving as an attorney ad litem, representing the best interests of children in abuse and neglect cases, which she has been doing since 2000.

"I've always chosen occupations where I can serve people, and I see this as a way to serve the citizens of Lawrence County," Warner said in her formal announcement.

She and her husband, Joe Warner, a native of Hoxie, live in Strawberry and have a grown child and three grandchildren.

Other countywide offices that are contested include county judge and county sheriff. County Judge Alex Latham is facing Dale Freeman, and Sheriff Dan Ellison is facing Lewis Slaughter. Profiles on these four candidates will appear in next week's TD.

None of these offices have Republican or Independent candidates, so the races will be decided during the primary.

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