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White Hall man in race for county judge


The name of Assistant Pine Bluff Chief of Police Ivan Whitfield will appear on the ballot first when voters go to the polls for the Democratic Party primary in May.

Whitfield is one of three Democrats seeking the job being vacated by current County Judge Mike Holcomb, who is a candidate for the state House of Representatives.

Whitfield’s name will be followed on the ballot by former Pine Bluff Mayor Dutch King and current Justice of the Peace Alfred Carroll.

The winner of the race will face Republican Ted Harden of White Hall, who filed for the post two minutes before the filing deadline Thursday at noon.

Harden has also filed for re-election to District 12 of the Quorum Court and drew no opponents.

“We will see what happens now,” Harden said after completing his filing paperwork Thursday.

Of the remaining countywide offices, only Sheriff Gerald Robinson drew an opponent, but they will not face off until the November general election.

Robinson, a Democrat, will face retired Arkansas State Trooper Roger McLemore, who filed as an independent.

Circuit Clerk Lafayette Woods Sr., Assessor Yvonne Humphrey, Clerk Patricia Royal Johnson, Tax Collector Stephanie Glover Stanton, Coroner Chad Kelley and Treasurer Elizabeth Rinchuso — all Democrats — will not face an opponent.

Of the 13 positions on the quorum court, seven will be contested, six of those in the Democratic primary:

• District 1, the seat currently held by Carroll, will be filled with the winner of the race between Morris Caldwell and Garland Trice, both Democrats. No Republicans filed for the seat.

• District 2 incumbent the Rev. H.O. Gray will be challenged by Reginald Adams in May. Both are Democrats. No Republican filed.

• District 3 incumbent Delton Wright will face Reginald Johnson in the Democratic primary. No Republican filed.

• District 4 incumbent Mandy Alford is being challenged by Glen Brown Jr., both Democrats. No Republican filed.

• District 7 incumbent Vannette Johnson will face Porter Jackson III in the Democratic primary. No Republican filed.

• District 8 incumbent the late Cleddie Shock did not seek re-election. Verdell Baker filed for his position as a Democrat and will be challenged by Republican Roy Agee in the November general election.

• District 13 incumbent Edward Spears will face Dale W. Davis in the Democratic primary. No Republican filed.

The remaining members of the quorum court, Democrats Lloyd Franklin II of District 5, Dr. Herman Ginger of District 6, Paul Jones of District 9, Sissy Granderson of District 11 and Republicans Dr. Conley Byrd of District 10 and Harden of District 12 did not draw an opponent.

There will also be three constable races on the Democratic Party primary ballot, and three additional races in the November general election:

• In Dunnington Township, Otho Eddie Anderson, Stanley Moore and Teresa Sloan are running as Democrats. No Republican filed for the position.

• In Vaugine Township, Bryan Beasley, Deshaun Bennett, Johnathan Fallis amd Jody O’Mary are running as Democrats. No Republican filed.

• In Plum Bayou Township, Merline Laws and Kenneth Herzog are running as Democrats. The winner will face Republican Harvey Harrington IV in November.

• In Barraque Township, Democrat Oscar Hunsacker will face Republican James T. Smith in November.

• In Jefferson Township, Democrat Ronald Musgrove will face Republican Scott A. Dunn in November.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth and Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney will run unopposed in the May nonpartisan, judicial general election.