Ross, Hoos head to runoff; Ballinger ousts King

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

By Scott Loftis

Jim Ross and Alan Hoos will face each other in a June 19 runoff to determine the Republican nominee for Carroll County Sheriff.

In Tuesday’s preferential primary, Ross received 1,306 votes (45.1 percent) while Hoos received 1,002 votes (34.6 percent). Ross is the Berryville Police Department school resource officer and a former Berryville postmaster. Hoos is a former chief deputy in the sheriff’s office. Harrison Police Department patrolman Jack Gentry Jr., who was the Republican nominee in 2016, finished third with 591 votes (20.4 percent). Because no candidate received a majority of the votes, the top two will move on to the runoff. Mark Bailey was unopposed in the Democratic primary and will face the Ross-Hoos winner in the November general election.

In the Republican District 5 State Senate race, state Rep. Bob Ballinger of Berryville got strong support in the western portion of the district to defeat incumbent Bryan King of Green Forest. Ballinger received a total of 4,223 votes (52.4 percent) compared with 3,839 votes (47.6 percent) for King. King carried Carroll County by a wide margin — getting 1,553 votes (60.2 percent) in the county, compared with 1,026 (39.8 percent) for Ballinger. King also carried Sebastian County (431-358) and Johnson County (11-6). But Ballinger got 74.7 percent of the vote in Washington County (483-164) and 61.1 percent in Crawford County (1,596-1,014) to take the victory. Ballinger narrowly carried Madison County (706-649) and also won in Franklin County (48-17). Ballinger will face Democrat Jim Wallace of Eureka Springs, who was unopposed in the primary, in the November general election.

Green Forest Mayor Charles Reece won the Republican nomination for county judge, defeating former Justice of the Peace Duane Coatney. Reece got 1,645 votes (57.5 percent) compared with 1,217 votes (42.5 percent) for Coatney. Incumbent County Judge Sam Barr was unopposed in the Democratic primary and will face Reece in November — a rematch from 2016.

In the Democratic primary, incumbent County Clerk Jamie Correia defeated challenger Deana Davidson. Correia, seeking a sixth term as clerk, received 405 votes (56.3 percent) while Davidson received 314 votes (43.7 percent). Correia will face Republican Connie Doss, who was unopposed in the primary, in the November general election.

Incumbent Jason Morris was re-elected to the At Large Position 4 seat on the Eureka Springs school board. Morris received 874 votes (67.3 percent) compared with 424 votes (32.7 percent) for challenger Jack Moyer.

In the Republican race for state representative from District 3, Donald Ragland of Marshall and Newton County Sheriff Keith Slape advanced to a runoff. Ragland received 2,214 votes (40.3 percent) and Slape got 1,863 votes (33.9 percent). Timmy Reid of Marshall received 1,422 votes (25.9 percent) and did not make the runoff. In Carroll County, Ragland received 78 votes (46.4 percent), compared with 58 votes (34.5 percent) for Slape and 32 votes (19.1 percent) for Reid.

In the Republican race for constable of Polo Township, incumbent Jeffery B. Usrey received 88 votes (44.2 percent) while Nick Samac received 60 votes (30.2 percent) and Eric Griesenauer received 51 votes (25.6 percent). Usrey and Samac advanced to a runoff.

In a Berryville school board race, challenger Jeff Tanksley defeated incumbent David Waller for the At Large Position 1 seat. Tanksley received 773 votes (53.1 percent), compared with 683 votes (46.9 percent) for Waller.

Incumbent Bud Phillips was re-elected to the At Large Position 2 seat on the Green Forest school board. Phillips received 387 votes (54.4 percent), compared with 325 votes (45.7 percent) for challenger Heath Norris.

These results are final but unofficial.

The Carroll County Election Commission will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, to review provisional ballots and will meet again on Friday, June 1, to certify the results.

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