Election 2014: Sheriff's race highlights Carroll County ballot

Friday, October 31, 2014

Carroll County residents will head to the polls Tuesday to vote for their preferred candidates in the 2014 general election.

A number of county and municipal races are on the ballot, as well as statewide races and several proposed amendments to the state constitution.

Contested races in Carroll County include the sheriff's race that pits incumbent Sheriff Bob Grudek, a Republican, against challenger Randy Mayfield, a Democrat who currently serves as an officer with the Berryville Police Department. Circuit Clerk Ramona Wilson, a Democrat, is running for re-election against District Clerk Betty Neal, a Republican.

Four seats on the Carroll County Quorum Court are contested. Democrat Sheri Hanson and Republican Charles G. "Chuck" Olson are running for District 2 Justice of the Peace. Incumbent District 4 JP Ron Flake, a Republican, is being challenged by Marty Johnson, who is running as an independent. The District 7 JP race pits Democrat Kevin Doss against Republican Andrew J. Wilhelm. District 8 JP Donald McNeely, a Republican, is running for re-election against Democrat Mike Miller.

There are no contested races for the city of Berryville as Mayor Tim McKinney and all four members of the City Council are running unopposed for re-election.

In Eureka Springs, City Clerk/Treasurer Ann Armstrong is being challenged by Mary Jean Sells. Ward 3 Alderwoman Joyce Zeller is running for re-election against Ferguson Stewart. Robert "Butch" Berry is running unopposed for mayor.

Green Forest Mayor Charles Reece is unopposed for re-election, as are all four sitting aldermen.

In Oak Grove, Mayor Joshua Peden is unopposed but there are contested races for two City Council seats. Position 1 Alderman Gary High is opposed by challenger Sabrina Nance, while Position 2 Alderman Samuel Vandiver is seeking re-election against Jacqueline Powers.

District 97 State Rep. Bob Ballinger, a Republican, is running for re-election against challenger Charles "Sonny" Carter, a Democrat.

There are two contested constable's races in the county. The Carrollton constable's race includes three candidates: independent Russell Colbert Sr., Democrat Merlin Leach and Republican Ed Mikesell. The Osage constable's race pits incumbent Bobby Jack Graves, a Democrat, against Republican challenger Walter Folwell.

Statewide races include U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, a Democrat, seeking re-election against U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, a Republican. The Arkansas governor's race pits a pair of former U.S. representatives: Democrat Mike Ross against Republican Asa Hutchinson.

U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, a Republican, is seeking re-election against challenger Grant Brand, a Liberterian.

Other contested statewide races include lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, state treasurer, auditor and commissioner of state lands.

Polls will be open throughout Carroll County from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Early voting will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31; from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1; and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, at the Carroll County Clerk's office in Berryville and at the Carroll County Circuit Clerk's office at the courthouse in Eureka Springs.

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