November 9, 2016 Edition

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Cavenaugh elected state rep.

Gretchen Hunt
Editor

Voter turnout was strong in Lawrence County for Tuesday's General Election as Americans went to the polls to help decide the new president of the United States.

County Clerk Tina Stowers released unofficial results showing 5,858 ballots cast in the county, representing approximately 65 percent of the almost 9,000 registered voters.

Locally, voters also turned out to help decide a race for state representative of District 60 between incumbent Democrat James Ratliff and Republican Frances Cavenaugh. Cavenaugh has been announced as the winner, but Ratliff carried Lawrence County with 3,089 votes (55 percent), while Cavenaugh received 2,542 votes (45 percent).

Within the county, five justice of the peace races were on the ballot with results as follows:

District 1: Independent Bill Powell, 414 votes (65 percent); Democrat Buddy Williams, 221 votes (35 percent).

District 2: Democrat Donald Richey (incumbent), 427 votes (64 percent); Republican Franklin Brewer, 239 votes (36 percent).

District 3: Republican Lloyd W. Clark (incumbent), 347 votes (57 percent); Democrat Lewis Slaughter, 264 votes (43 percent).

District 5: Democrat Ernest (Junior) Briner (incumbent), 369 votes (53 percent); Republican Jeff Taylor, 321 votes (47 percent).

District 7: Democrat Tracy Moore (incumbent), 193 votes (40 percent); Republican Blaine Davis, 291 votes (60 percent). Davis moved out of the district after filing for election, so Moore will remain in office.

In the race for Black Rock Township constable, Republican Bryan Smith (incumbent) received 274 votes (68 percent), and Democrat Lewis Slaughter received 131 votes (32 percent).

Municipal races

Municipal races, which are non-partisan, were also decided on Tuesday. Alderman races in Lawrence County were as follows:

Black Rock - W1, P1, incumbent Vesta Smith, 132 votes (58 percent), Gayle Brock, 96 votes (42 percent).

Hoxie - W1, P1, incumbent Sherry Moore, 471 votes (68 percent), Wayne Callahan, 220 votes (32 percent); W1, P2, incumbent Tim Taylor, 517 votes (74 percent), Tommy Kingsland, 180 votes (26 percent); W2, P1, Mary Ditto, 319 votes (46 percent), incumbent Larry Couch, 245 votes (36 percent), Juanita Viola Madden, 126 votes (18 percent); W2, P2, incumbent Kerrie Hancock, 486 votes (70 percent); Russell Barber, 205 votes (30 percent).

Walnut Ridge - W1, P2, incumbent Allen Smith, 1,272 votes (75 percent); W. Dale Leatherman, 413 votes (25 percent); W3, P1, incumbent Daniel Abbott, 1,096 votes (64 percent), Trent Kirksey, 611 votes (36 percent); W4, P2, Larry Abbott, 1,061 votes (62 percent); Peggy Coker Maryman, 655 votes (38 percent).

Runoff set

A runoff will be held in Hoxie between Ditto and Couch for alderman W2, P1. Early voting will start Nov. 22, and the election will be held Nov. 29.

National races

Lawrence County voters cast their ballots as follows in the presidential and congressional races.

Within the county, Republican Donald Trump received the most votes for president with 4,064 (71 percent). Democrat Hillary Clinton received 1,263 votes (22 percent.)

Republican John Boozman (incumbent), received 3,912 votes (71 percent) for the U.S Senate seat. Democrat Conner Eldridge received 1,380 votes (25 percent), and Libertarian Frank Gilbert received 229 votes (4 percent).

In the race for U.S. House of Representatives, Republican Rick Crawford (incumbent) received 4,488 votes (83 percent) and Libertarian Mark West received 898 votes (17 percent).

Both Boozman and Crawford have been declared as winners, and at press time Trump was close to having enough electoral college votes to be declared the newly-elected president.

Issues

Regarding the issues that appeared on the ballot, Lawrence County voters supported Issues 1, 2 and 3, while voting against Issue 6. All four appear to have passed statewide.

Lawrence County totals were as follows:

Issue 1 - (increase county official term lengths from two to four years) for, 3,679 (67 percent), against, 1,773 (33 percent).

Issue 2 - (allows governor to retain power when out of state) for, 3,856 (71 percent), against, 1,604 (29 percent).

Issue 3 - (concerning job creation, job expansion and economic development) for, 3,684 (68 percent), against, 1,745 (32 percent).

Issue 6 - (the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment) for, 2,627 (47 percent), against, 2,982 (53 percent).

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