Redfield mayor positioned to retain seat in recall vote


UPDATED 1 a.m. — Final totals with 100 percent of precincts reporting showed Lawhon surviving the recall vote. 353 votes against (64 percent)/198 votes for (36 percent)

REDFIELD — Mayor Tony Lawhon, who is in the second year of a four-year term, appeared to have fended off a recall election by press time Tuesday. Meanwhile, a couple of aldermen were positioned to lose their seats to challengers.

Voters reported long lines in Redfield long after the 7:30 p.m. poll closing time. By the 10:30 p.m. Commercial deadline, only early votes for Redfield had been tabulated.

Unofficial results in the recall vote, according to the Secretary of State’s office, were:

• For — 15 votes, 21 percent

• Against — 56 votes, 79 percent

Critics have accused Lawhon of creating discord in the Redfield municipal government. Lawhon has defended his decisions, arguing that change is necessary for the city to move forward.

Rita K. Jackson of 308 River Road, the city recorder-treasurer who was seeking a third term, defeated Beth Dial of 701 Quapaw Drive, wife of Alderman James Danny Dial.

Unofficial results were:

Rita K. Jackson — 48 votes, 72 percent

Beth Dial — 19 votes, 28 percent

Aldermen Races

Glen Flemmons of 408 Arkansas 365 North ran against incumbent James Danny Dial for the Ward 1, Position 1, council seat.

Unofficial results were:

Flemmons — 45 votes, 69 percent

Dial — 20 votes, 31 percent

Carol Eagle of 706 Honeysuckle Hills Court and Charles Derby of 904 Osage Drive faced off for the Ward 1, Position 2, seat held by Alderman John Jones. Jones, the longest serving member of the council, did not seek re-election.

Unofficial results were:

Eagle — 47 votes, 73 percent

Derby — 17 votes, 27 percent

Alderman Brenda Carmical of 814 River Road, the Ward 2, Position 1, incumbent was positioned at deadline to fall to a challenge by Sandra G. Garrett of 403 Rhoads, who currently holds the Ward 2, Position 2, council seat.

Unofficial results were:

Carmical — 15 votes, 23 percent

Garrett — 49 votes, 77 percent

Larry O’Briant of 712 Schoolwood Cove and Roben K. Brooks of 100 N. Brodie St. ran for Garrett’s open Ward 2, Position 2, seat on the council.

Unofficial results were:

O’Briant — 44 votes, 69 percent

Brooks — 20 votes, 31 percent

Diann Smith of 1009 Eddie Lane and Deborah Houston of 1128 Ruby Drive ran for the Ward 3, Position 1, seat held by Alderman Barbara Werner, who did not seek re-election.

Unofficial results were:

Smith — 39 votes, 62 percent

Brooks — 24 votes, 38 percent

Alderman Darrell Hedden of 1209 Ruby Drive***, sought re-election to the Ward 3, Position 2, council seat and was opposed by Adell Newton of 1304 Kelly Court.

Unofficial results were:

Hedden — 40 votes, 63 percent

Newton — 23 votes, 37 percent

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This article has been corrected from its original version to fix an incorrect address.