October 26, 2016 EditionAlso in this issue...
Early voting underway
The early voting period for the Nov. 8 General Election began on Monday, with Lawrence County residents casting their ballots in the conference room of the Lawrence County Courthouse in Walnut Ridge.
Early voting will be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the two Saturdays during the early voting period. On the final day of early voting, Monday, Nov. 7, voting will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Nov. 8 election will include the presidential race, as well as two congressional positions. Republican John Boozman (incumbent) will face Libertarian Frank Gilbert and Democrat Conner Eldridge for the U.S. Senate seat, and Republican Rick Crawford (incumbent) will face Libertarian Mark West for the U.S. House of Representatives.
In addition, the voters will decide several local races, including the state representative race between Democrat James Ratliff (incumbent) and Republican Fran Cavenaugh.
Within the county, there are five justice of the peace races including:
District 1: Democrat Buddy Williams and Independent Bill Powell.
District 2: Democrat Donald Richey (incumbent) and Republican Franklin Brewer.
District 3: Republican Lloyd W. Clark (incumbent) and Democrat Lewis Slaughter.
District 5: Democrat Ernest (Junior) Briner (incumbent) and Republican Jeff Taylor.
District 7: Democrat Tracy Moore (incumbent) and Republican Blaine Davis.
There is also a race for Black Rock Township constable between Republican Bryan Smith (incumbent) and Democrat Lewis Slaughter.
There are several municipal races, which are bipartisan, on the ballot.
In Black Rock, incumbent Vesta Smith will face Gayle Brock for the W1, P1 seat.
Hoxie has four races, including: incumbent Sherry Moore and Wayne Callahan for W1, P1; incumbent Tim Taylor and Tommy Kingsland for W1, P2; incumbent Larry Couch and Mary Ditto and Juanita Viola Madden for W2, P1; and incumbent Kerrie Hancock and Russell Barber for W2, P2.
In Walnut Ridge, there will be three races on the ballot. Incumbent Allen Smith will face W. Dale Leatherman for W1, P2; and incumbent Daniel Abbott will face Trent Kirksey for W3, P1.
In addition, alderman Jeff Taylor, who is seeking a seat on the quorum court, chose not to seek re-election. Vying for his seat, W4, P2, are Larry Abbott and Peggy Coker Maryman.