Incumbent County Officials File for Re-Election

Thursday, February 27, 2014
Among the incumbents filing for re-election for countywide positions were, from left: County Clerk Pat Poole, County Treasurer Carolyn Morrisett and Circuit Clerk Janet Luff-Kilbreath. Back-Assessor Tracy Gurley, Sheriff Gerald McClung and Judge Gary Howell. Also filing was Coroner Paul W. Hoggard (not pictured).

Most of the incumbent Clay County elected officials announced for re-election this past week, as the filing period got underway for the May 20 Primary.

Recently Sheriff Gerald McClung announced his candidacy for another term, and this week he was joined by others.

Clay County Judge Gary Howell has announced his intention to seek re-election, subject to the May 20 Democratic Primary.

"I have lived all my life in Clay County and was raised in the Pollard community," Howell noted. "I've been married to Sally Howell for 47 years and we have three children, Jason Howell, Jenifer Cook and Julie Howell. We also have five grandsons, Jackson Howell, Garrett and Levi Cook and Wesley and Wyatt Childers," he added.

Howell noted that during his previous terms in office he's enjoyed working with, and meeting, the citizens of Clay County.

"I am announcing as a candidate for another term, and will do my best to work for and serve the citizens of Clay County in the future," he said.

Pat Poole has announced her intent to seek re-election as Clay County Clerk, subject to the May 20, primary election.

Pat and her husband, Jim Poole, live in Piggott, and have two children. Their son, Chad Speer and wife, Nikki, and grandchildren, Marley and Maks live in Greenway, Ark. Meanwhile, their daughter, Ashley Hoggard, and husband, Michael, and grandchildren, Caden and Sloane live in Maumelle, Ark.

"I have enjoyed serving the citizens of Clay County and promise to continue to serve the county effectively," she noted in making the announcement. "I consider it an honor and privilege to serve as your county clerk."

Poole has worked 27 years in the county clerk's office, and has received numerous hours of continuing education through the Association of Arkansas County Clerks. She serves on the First District Legislation Committee, and also on the By-Laws Committee for the County Clerks Association.

Poole is an active member of the First General Baptist Church in Piggott, where she serves as church clerk, and serves on the Special Days and Events team.

She is also a member of the Piggott Area Chamber of Commerce and Corning Area Chamber of Commerce.

"Your vote and support in this re-election effort will be greatly appreciated," she added.

Carolyn Morrisett has announced her candidacy for re-election as Treasurer of Clay County, with offices in the Corning and Piggott courthouses. Her re-election to the office of Clay County Treasurer is subject to the Primary Election to be held on May 20, 2014.

Morrisett resides in the McDougal and Pollard area. She has three daughters, Christie Emmons of Kennett, Mo., Leslie Gearhart of Cordova, Tenn. and Julia Bristow of Jonesboro.

She is a board member of the Piggott Area Chamber of Commerce and member of the Corning Area Chamber of Commerce.

Over the fourteen years she has served as treasurer, Morrisett has attended numerous continuing education workshops from the Arkansas Treasurer's Association to assist her ability to fulfill her job. At the present time, she holds the elected position of Treasurer of the Arkansas Treasurer's Association.

"Your vote and support on May 20, 2014 in this re-election effort will be appreciated," she said in making the announcement.

Clay County Circuit Clerk Janet Luff-Kilbreath has announced her intent to run for re-election to a seventh term in the Democratic Primary on May 20.

She has been elected as a director for District One, and a member of the Legislative, Nominating, Membership and Program Committees for the Arkansas Circuit Clerk's Association. She is also currently serving as treasurer of the Piggott Area Chamber of Commerce. In addition, she has served as a board member for the Corning Area Chamber of Commerce and the State Land Commissioner's Advisory Board.

Over the course of the past 11 years she has also completed numerous hours of continuing education from the Arkansas County and Circuit Clerk's Association.

Luff-Kilbreath is a life-long resident of Clay County and currently resides in McDougal with her husband, Marvin Kilbreath. She has a daughter, Heather Tullos of St. Francis.

"As your current Clay County Circuit Clerk, it has been a pleasure to serve the residents and communities of Clay County for the past 11 years," Luff-Kilbreath noted in making her announcement. "I would greatly appreciate your support in my seventh term re-election in the Primary on May 20."

Tracy Gurley has announced her candidacy for re-election as Clay County Assessor subject to the May 20 primary election.

"My husband, Kevin Gurley, owns and operates Kevin's Tractor Repair in

Piggott and we have two children, Allison is 20 and Reese is 15. I am an active member of the First Christian Church in Piggott," Gurley noted in making the announcement. "I have tried to serve effectively in this office by continuing education that is available for the Assessor's Office."

Gurley explained she is a Certified Residential Appraiser with the Arkansas Appraisal Board, and is also a level 4 Senior Appraiser through the International Association of Assessors.

"I have worked in the Assessor's Office since 1990 and I am seeking my seventh term as Assessor," she added. "Members of the staff in the Assessor's Offices in Piggott and Corning are always willing to serve you and answer any questions you may have. We want you to know that we will work with you in every way possible."

"I have enjoyed being your County Assessor and I would like to continue working for you and the best for Clay County," she surmised. "I would like to thank everyone for all your help and would appreciate your continued support."

Also filing incumbent Clay County Coroner Paul W. Hoggard of Piggott.

As of the close of business on Wednesday, Feb. 26 the following candidates had filed according to Poole's office--



County Elected Officials

*Sheriff Gerald R. McClungSheriff & Collector Democrat

111 E Donaldson, Rector, AR 72461

*County Clerk Pat PooleCounty ClerkDemocrat
1000 Frisco, Piggott, AR 72454
*Treasurer Carolyn MorrisettTreasurerDemocrat

578 CR 447, Pollard, AR 72456

*Assessor Tracy GurleyAssessorDemocrat

1929 W North St, Piggott, AR 72454

*Judge Gary HowellCounty JudgeDemocrat

P O Box 364, Piggott, AR 72454

*Circuit Clerk Janet Luff KilbreathCircuit Clerk Democrat

P O Box 74, McDougal, AR 72441

*Coroner Paul Wayne HoggardCoronerDemocrat

1450 Cypress Ave, Piggott, AR 72454

Justice of Peace

*Justice D. David CagleDistrict 4 Democrat

179 CR 528, Rector, AR 72461

*Justice Aubrey E. (John) Mansker, JrDistrict 9 Democrat

P O Box 236, Corning, AR 72422

*Dennis Haines District 6 Democrat

30 CR 142, Corning, AR 72422

Constablepage 2
Elmo HollisNorth St FrancisDemocrat

3617 CR 450, Piggott, AR 72454

*Constable John M. ManskerBennett & Lemmons Democrat

261 CR 311, Corning, AR 72422

Todd WoffordWest Oak BluffDemocrat

650 Calvin Rd, Rector, AR 72461

Wayne NickasonGleghorn & S KilgoreDemocrat

P O Box 691, Corning, AR 72422

Terry LaddGleghorn & S KilgoreIndependent

907 S Polk St, Corning, AR 72422

Stephen J FoxGleghorn & S KilgoreIndependent

3280 Hwy 135, Corning, AR 72422

*Constable Vernie CarpenterN Kilgore & Cleveland Independent

409 Wardell, Corning, AR 72422

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