October 29, 2014 Edition

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Local races to be decided

Gretchen Hunt

Lawrence County voters have already been keeping the County Clerk's Office busy with more than 1,000 casting their ballots in early voting prior to Tuesday's General Election.

Of local interest are races for the state legislature for house and senate positions that represent Lawrence County.

Incumbent James Ratliff (D) of Imboden faces Blaine Davis (R) of Hoxie for the house of representatives seat, while incumbent Robert Thompson (D) of Paragould and Blake Johnson (R) of Corning are vying for the seat in the state senate.

In addition to races for state and federal offices, there are several local contests, including both Walnut Ridge and Hoxie mayoral positions.

Walnut Ridge Mayor Don House announced earlier this year that he would not be seeking re-election. Ed Lawson and Charles Snapp are vying for this position.

Four candidates are seeking the Hoxie mayoral position with incumbent Lanny Tinker facing challengers Russ Barber, Dennis Coggins and Danny Vaughn.

In Portia, Kelly Duckworth, Donnie Hillhouse and Carl Herring are on the ballot for mayor. Mayor Jerry Sienknecht did not seek re-election.

Sedgwick mayoral candidates are incumbent Stanley Debow and Sam Vance.


Alderman races are as follows:

Black Rock ~ ward 1, position 2, Heith Russell, Harold Willett.

Hoxie ~ ward 1, position 2, Tim Taylor, Russell West; ward 2, position 1, Larry Couch, Juanita Viola Madden; ward 2, position 2, Carroll Goodin, David T. Watson, Karen Williams; ward 3, position 1, Becky Ditto, Kenneth Quarry.

Portia ~ position 1, Joy Callahan, Terra Voyles; position 2, Stacey Boggs, Amanda “Mandy” Milligan; position 3, Cord Boggs, Julie Jones.

Walnut Ridge ~ aldermen: ward 1, position 1, Wendell S. Jones, JR Rogers; ward 1, position 2, Roger Duckworth, Michelle Segraves, Gregory Snow, Allen Smith; ward 2, position 2, Don R. House, Jeff Taylor; ward 4, position 1, Daniel Abbott, Allen McIntire. County race

At the county level, most of the positions were filled in the preferential primary in May.

The only race on the ballot is for justice of the peace position 2. Incumbent Donald Richey (D) and challenger Franklin Brewer (R) are on the ballot.

Early voting ends Monday

Registered voters can vote early through Monday, according to County Clerk Tina Stowers.

Stowers said her office will remain open until 6 p.m. today through Friday to accommodate early voters. Her office will also be open on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. On Monday, the office will close at 5 p.m.

On Tuesday, polls will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. See information on polling sites on page 7B.

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