Municipal Filing Period Ends, Races Set for Fall

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Filing for the November municipal races closed Friday, and as a result there are several contested races on the ballot. Voters in Piggott, Corning and St. Francis will be deciding contested races for alderman, while one of the constable races is contested. Meanwhile, the remaining county candidates do not face any opposition.

In Piggott, long-time alderman Lester J. Edwards is being challenged by Travis Williams for the North Ward, Position One seat. Meanwhile, Jeff Benbrook is running for re-election unopposed for the South Ward, Position One seat. Benbrook is currently serving out the unexpired term of Mayor Jim Poole, as he was appointed to the position following Poole's election as mayor two years ago.

Corning voters will choose between F.B. Manatt, Sr. and Terry Masterson for alderman, North Ward, Position One, while the other council members are running unopposed.

Voters in St. Francis will be choosing between Kimberly Hill and Larry W. Boyer for alderman, North Ward, Position Two. The other two aldermen, Jim Smith and Judy Kay Gilbee, along with the recorder/treasurer, Bradley Decker, are unopposed.

There are no contested races in Rector, as Sheila Dale is unopposed for recorder/treasurer; Lark Sigbsy is unopposed for alderman, East Ward, Position One; David Romine is unopposed for alderman, East Ward, Position Two; Ryan S. Lawrence is unopposed for alderman, West Ward, Position One and Iva Fahr has not drawn opposition for alderman, West Ward, Position Two.

In the West Oak Bluff constable race, incumbent Fred Bucy, a Democrat, is facing Republican Terry Robertson in the General Election. Bucy got by Farren Young in the Democratic primary, and earned the spot on the ballot in the upcoming election.

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