The votes are in: Barr beats Reece for 6th term as county judge

Friday, November 9, 2018
Kellie Stevens-Matt (left) and Connie Doss (center) are all smiles after the reading of election results Tuesday night at the Carroll County Eastern District Courthouse in Berryville. Stevens-Matt was elected as District 7 Justice of the Peace, while Doss was elected as county clerk. At right is District 8 JP Don McNeely, who was unopposed for re-election.
Photo by David Bell/Carroll County News

Carroll County Judge Sam Barr was elected to a sixth term in Tuesday’s general election, defeating Green Forest Mayor Charlie Reece.

In final but unofficial results, Barr received 4,663 votes (52.2 percent) while Reece got 4,269 votes (47.7 percent). The outcome was a repeat of the 2016 race, when Barr received 57 percent of the vote.

“I feel blessed to have the trust of the people,” said Barr, a Democrat. “I love my job, and I love the people of this county.”

Reece, a Republican, said the loss was “a tough pill to swallow.”

“Obviously I was disappointed because I did think I was the more qualified candidate,” he said, “but the people spoke. It’s always tough to beat an incumbent. Barr has a lot of people committed to him who have known him a lot longer than they’ve known me. It’s a tough pill to swallow, but I have other irons in the fire.”

Jim Ross, a Republican who retired from the Berryville Police Department earlier this year, was elected sheriff over Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Mark Bailey.

Ross received 5,410 votes (60.5 percent) while Bailey received 3,539 (39.6 percent).

“As I said before, I never thought I would be a candidate for a position like this, much less win it,” Ross said. “I’ve had a few days to sleep on it now, and I’m trying to get in the mode of ‘What do we do now?’ ”

Bailey could not be reached for comment.

In the closest race involving county positions, Republican challenger Connie Doss unseated County Clerk Jamie Correia, a Democrat who was seeking her sixth term.

Doss received 4,815 votes (53.9 percent), while Correia got 4,113 (46.1 percent).

Doss said she was a little shocked to win.

“I spent a lot of time on it,” she said. “I didn’t have a lot of time to knock on doors and visit with people, but the word got out.”

She said she approached the race from an analytical standpoint.

“I knew going in I had to win Berryville and some of the bigger rural precincts to have enough votes,” Doss said.

Correia could not be reached for comment.

Republican Makita Williams was elected county treasurer over Democrat Kathryn Merry. Williams received 5,742 votes (64.5 percent) compared with 3,164 votes (35.5 percent) for Merry.

Two newcomers won positions on the Carroll County Quorum Court. Democrat Laurie “Harrie” Farrow defeated Republican Ferguson Stewart for the District 3 seat, while Republican Kellie Stevens-Matt defeated Democrat Colin Stimson in District 7. District 4 Justice of the Peace Marty Johnson, a Republican, was re-elected with a victory over Democratic challenger Doug Hausler.

Eureka Springs Mayor Butch Berry was re-elected over challengers Theodore Cottingham and Mike Seals.

Jerry Carlton was elected mayor of Green Forest, defeating Nestor Rivera.

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