The Jefferson County Democratic Central Committee elected Ted Davis as its new chairman Monday night, replacing long-time chair Trey Ashcraft, who is stepping down from the post after 12 years.
Davis, chief of staff to former Pine Bluff mayor Carl A. Redus Jr., is joined on the committee by County Clerk Patricia Johnson, who was re-elected to the post of first vice chair; Efrem Elliott, who was elected secretary-treasurer; and Shara Williams, who was re-elected to her position as a commissioner on the Jefferson County Election Commission.
“Every county in the state has to elect its party officers in January,” Ashcraft said. “The Jefferson County Republicans had their election last week.”
Ashcraft explained that the post of election commission chairman is always held by the majority party, which in Arkansas is the Democratic party, and that two of the three positions are held by the majority party.
“The chairman of the Democratic party is almost always designated as the chair of the election commission,” Ashcraft said. “Right now Stu Soffer, the Republican party member of the commission, is serving as chair until Ted Davis is sworn in.”
“At the last commission meeting I made a motion for re-organization and Stu was elected commission chair,” Ashcraft said. “There was a two-part reason for my decision; first on a personal note I did it as a way of thanking Stu for his service to Jefferson County and second there is a practical reason for it in that with Stu being chair it gives Will [Fox] [county election coordinator] somebody to authorize a call for a meeting of the commission.”
Ashcraft said that the election commission will meet in the near future to swear in the newly elected officers.