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Political filings begin
for March 1 primary

The one-week political party filing period for those seeking public office opened Monday at noon. The filing period will end this coming Monday at noon. The filing period for nonpartisan candidates began Monday at 3 p.m. and ends next Monday at 3 p.m.

Those filing for state office, including state representative or state senator, must file for office at the State Capitol in Little Rock.

As of press time on Tuesday afternoon, two candidates had filed for state representative, District 60, which includes all of Lawrence County. The candidates are:

Frances Cavenaugh of Walnut Ridge, Republican.

Incumbent James Ratliff of Imboden, Democrat.

As of Tuesday afternoon at 3:30, a number of candidates had filed for offices in Lawrence County.

For county judge:

John Thomison, Democrat.

For collector:

Incumbent Stephanie Harris, Democrat.

For county clerk:

Incumbent Tina Stowers, Democrat.

For assessor:

Becky Holder, Democrat.

For treasurer:

Incumbent Marilyn Crafton, Democrat.

For coroner:

Incumbent Robert Chris Warden, Democrat.

For justice of the peace:

District 3, Incumbent Lloyd W. Clark, Republican.

District 4, Incumbent Douglas Wayland, Democrat.

District 5, Incumbent Ernest “Junior” Briner, Democrat.

District 6, Incumbent Nathan Crafton, Democrat.

District 7, Blaine Davis, Republican.

District 9, Incumbent Alex A. Latham, Democrat.

For constable:

Boas Township, Charlie Cook, Democrat.

Campbell Township, Wendell Jones, Democrat.

Black Rock Township, Bryan Smith, Republican.

Political parties
collecting filing fees

While all candidates file at the county clerk's office in the courthouse, both Democrats and Republicans pay their filing fees elsewhere. Downing's Tax Service, located at 210 West Main Street in Walnut Ridge, is collecting filing fees during business hours for candidates filing as Democrats.

The Republican Party of Lawrence County is hosting a signup event for candidates who wish to file for office with the Republican Party. The event will be held Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Venue in downtown Walnut Ridge.

Republican candidates wishing to pay filing fees for county office should show up at that time or contact Blaine Davis, county Republican Party chair, at 870-759-1953.

Primary set
for March 1

A 2014 bill approved by the Arkansas legislature moved the state's 2016 Preferential Primary and Nonpartisan Election from mid-May to March 1.

Arkansas is one of several southern states that moved up its 2016 primary in order to give voters more influence in selecting the presidential candidates for the November 2016 General Election.

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