Contested Races Develop as Filing Deadline Passes
The filing period for municipal candidates for the upcoming General Election ended Friday, Aug. 17, and several contested races have developed in the Eastern District of Clay County.
All four races in the City of Piggott are contested, as all of the incumbents have drawn challenges. Meanwhile, the race for mayor St. Francis is also to be decided in November, while the remaining candidates are un-opposed.
Mayor Jim Poole, of Piggott, has drawn opposition from North Ward, Position One, city councilman Travis Williams. Meanwhile, City Clerk Ramona Magee is facing a challenge from Julie McMillon.
Two city council positions are also to be decided in the General Election, as incumbent councilman from North Ward, Position Two, Mike Cook is facing a challenge from local businessman Kevin Jones.
Meanwhile, there are three candidates for the other council position, South Ward, Position Two.
The candidates for that seat include the incumbent, Jamey Parks, along with Brent Sanders and Jimmy L. Chilcutt.
The only other race to be decided in November in the Eastern District is for Mayor of St. Francis, as incumbent Teressa Johnson is facing a challenge from Charles Conley. Meanwhile, Ricky L. George, Kimberly Hill and Judy Kay Gilbee are unopposed for seats on the St. Francis City Council.
There are no contested races in Rector, although a new council member will be sworn-in the first of the year. The only candidate to file for the council position from West Ward, Position One, is long-time Rector resident Anthony Dowdy. Meanwhile, Mayor Teresa L. Roofe and council members Iva Fahr, Lark Sigsby and David Romine are all unopposed for another term. The vacancy to be filled by Dowdy was due to the resignation of council member Ryan Lawrence, who moved from the city.
There are no contested races in Greenway, as Mayor W.F. “Bill” McHaffey is unopposed. Also running unopposed are McDougal Mayor Carroll Shipman and council members Leslie Parrish and Marvin Kilbreath.