Walnut Ridge elects new city attorney; other Lawrence Co. race results

WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. – Voters in Lawrence County made their choices Tuesday night in several important races.

Notably, Walnut Ridge re-elected Mayor Charles Snapp and elected a new city attorney in Ethan Weeks. Lawrence County re-elected Jeff Yates as sheriff. Several races, including for Lawrence County treasurer and Hoxie mayor, will see run-off elections as no candidate achieved a majority of votes.

Arkansas law dictates run-offs be “three weeks following the date of the general election at which the names of the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes, but not a majority, shall be placed on the ballot to be voted upon by the qualified electors of the county.”

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Thus, early voting begins on the 27th and the runoff election itself will be Dec. 4.

Lawrence County

Sheriff: Jeff Yates (D) (2,661, 57%) defeats Jimmy Danley (R) (2,028, 43%).

Treasurer: Samantha Jones (R) (1,850, 40%) and Connie Mullen (D) (1,824, 39%) will go to a run-off election. Placing third was Rob Combs (I) with 990 votes (21%).

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JP District 5: Junior Briner (D) (296, 51%) narrowly beat Frank Owens (I) (289, 49%). Seven votes decided the race.

Constable – Boas: Chris Ditto (R) (475, 70%) beat Phillip Diggs (D) (208, 30%).

Constable – Dowell: Richard Alls (D) (22, 58%) beat Felipe Baiza (R) (16, 42%).

Walnut Ridge

Mayor: Charles Snapp (1,161, 73%) easily defeated JR Rogers (436, 27%)

City Attorney: Ethan Weeks (898, 57%) proved to be more than a nuisance to City Attorney Nancy Hall (680, 43%), who lost her reelection bid.

City Council (Ward 1, Pos. 1): Wendell Jones (1,008, 64%) beat David Martin (561, 36%)

City Council (Ward 4, Pos. 1): Ty Callahan (890, 57%) beat Jeff Taylor (675, 43%).

Hoxie

Hoxie Mayor: Dennis Coggins (240, 38%) bested Mayor Lanny Tinker (213, 33%) but not by enough to win. The two will face each other in a run-off election. John W. Stowers (72, 11%), Marty Harris (64, 10%), and Redda Russell (49, 8%) rounded out election night results in the packed race.

Hoxie City Clerk: Peggy Miles (431, 66%) bested Jen Doyle (219, 34%).

Hoxie City Council (Ward 1, Pos. 1): Steve Adamson (276, 44%) will face Darrell Pickney (223, 36%) in a run-off. Wayne Callahan received 128 votes, or 20%.

Hoxie City Council (Ward 2, Pos. 1): Kenny Franks (360, 57%) defeated Larry Couch (268, 43%).

Hoxie City Council (Ward 3, Pos. 1): Becky Linebaugh (262, 42%) will face Cliff Farmer (188, 30%) in a run-off. Richard Millsap (179, 28%) placed third.

Black Rock

Black Rock Mayor: Bonnie Ragsdale (130, 63%) was reelected, defeating Vesta K. Smith (45, 22%) and Gayle Brock (31, 15%).

Black Rock City Council (Ward 1, Pos. 1): Trisha Meeks (89, 44%) and Greg Hall (65, 32%) will face off in a run-off election. Christy Robertson was the third candidate in the race, getting 49 votes or 24 percent.

Ravenden

Ravenden Mayor: James Larry Gibbens (97, 63%) defeated Dannie Smith (58, 37%).

Ravenden City Council (Pos. 1): Timothy McComas (85, 55%) beat Betty J. Clements (70, 45%)

Ravenden City Council (Pos. 3): Larry “Butch” Dail (83, 54%) defeated Clarence Henson (70, 46%)

Ravenden City Council (Pos. 4): John G. Starnes (83, 55%) beat Patrick Hovis (69, 45%)

Ravenden City Council (Pos. 5): Steven Blansett (87, 58%) beat Donna Bartlett (63, 42%)

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