Early Voting in School Election Underway

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Early voting for the upcoming annual school election began yesterday, Tuesday, Sept. 13, and will run through 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19. The annual school election will be held the following day, Tuesday, Sept. 20.

There is only one contested school board race in the county for patrons to decide when they go to the polls. Two candidates filed for the seat on the Piggott Schools Board of Education being vacated by Jeff Benbrook, while the incumbents in both Rector and Corning are running unopposed.

Filing for the seat now occupied by Benbrook, who is wrapping up his second five-year term, were Jim Threatt and Chris Crawford. Meanwhile, Rector Board President Jody Simmons is running for re-election without opposition, as is Kirk Scobey in Corning.

Piggott School Board candidate Chris Crawford.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

Jim Threatt

Jim Threatt, of Piggott, is a candidate for a seat on the Piggott School Board in Tuesday's annual school election. A native of California, Threatt relocated to the Piggott area some 25 years ago. He serves as the manager of Chrisman Gas Company, of Campbell. Threatt and his wife Stephanie, a local healthcare professional, have four kids--two of which are graduates of Piggott High School and two who are currently students in the district. Jimmy is 26, and a graduate of PHS, along with his brother Josh, who is 21. Daughter Jaesa is 17, and will graduate from Piggott High in the spring, while younger daughter Jaden is in the first grade at PES.

"My biggest concern is to make sure the policies of the district are upheld, and to do a good job of looking after the district's money--and insure it's spent in the right place," Threatt noted when asked why he decided to seek the job. "My number one priority is the kids, and allowing the teachers to do their job. But, I also believe more needs to be done to insure policies are followed."

Piggott School Board candidate Jim Threatt.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

Threatt also pointed to the need for improvements in the field of vocational education, noting "not all kids are headed to college, we need to do what we can to provide all of them with a trade."

He is seeking the seat currently held by Jeff Benbrook, who chose not to seek re-election after serving two terms. If elected he will serve a five year term on the board.

"I'd really appreciate everyone's vote and support next week," he surmised.

Chris Crawford

Chris Crawford is seeking a seat on the Piggott School Board in next week's school election. A Piggott native, and 1991 graduate of PHS, he works as a patrolman for the Piggott Police Department. He's married to the former Patricia Gilkison, a 1996 graduate of Piggott High, and they have three children enrolled in the district. Austin is 15, Zachary is 12 and Abby is 10. Crawford, and his family, are also active members of Emmanuel Baptist Church of Piggott.

"I think our teachers and staff are doing a great job at Piggott Schools, and I just want to work to try to maintain the excellence they require of our kids," Crawford responded when asked why he is seeking the seat. "I'm happy with the way things are going, but feel we need to work to maintan what is already in place."

A newcomer to public office, Crawford also noted he feels the staff should be more involved in the process. "I also encourage more of the teachers to attend the school board meetings to let their wants, and greivences, be known,"

He's seeking the seat being vacated by Jeff Benbrook, who chose not to seek re-election after serving two terms. If elected he'll serve a five year term.

"I'd appreciate your vote and support on Sept. 13," he surmised.

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