Municipal Filing Period Begins Friday

Thursday, July 26, 2018

The filing period for municipal candidates is slated will begin this Friday, July 27, for those seeking public office in cities which are governed by a mayor and council. Beginning Friday at the open of business, independent candidates may file their petitions for nomination, affadavit of eligibility and political practices pledge.

The filing period will continue until noon on Friday, Aug. 17, for the Nov. 6, General Election.

This year residents of Piggott will be deciding on the races for mayor and city clerk as the terms for Jim Poole and Ramona Magee conclude. Due to the staggered terms two of the four council seats will be decided, as those of north ward councilman Mike Cook and south ward councilman Jamey Parks end on Dec. 31. Meanwhile, councilmen Travis Williams and Jeff Benbrook will stand for re-election in the fall of 2020.

In Rector, all four of the council members, Lark Sigsby, Iva Fahr, David Romine and Ryan Lawrence stand for re-election as well as Mayor Teresa Roofe. Citizens will also be deciding whether to change to a staggered four-year term process at that time, allowing the adjustment to go into effect in the fall of 2020.

The deadline for registering to vote in the upcoming General Election is the end of business on Tuesday, Oct. 9. The deadline actually falls on Sunday, Oct. 7, but in accordance with Arkansas law it has been extended to Tuesday due to the deadline falling on a weekend and the fact that Monday is Columbus Day.

Those wanting additional information, or the related documents, may contact Clay County Clerk Pat Poole's office in the courthouse or call 598-2813.

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