2018 Top News Story #7: Barr wins 6th term as county judge
Carroll County News
Carroll County voters flocked to the polls in the November general election, with mixed results for a pair of long-time county officials.
The election was voted the No. 7 local news story of the year by Carroll County Newspapers’ editorial staff.
County Judge Sam Barr was elected to a sixth term, defeating Green Forest Mayor Charlie Reece for the second time. Barr, a Democrat, got 52.2 percent of the vote, while the Republican Reece had 47.7 percent.
County Clerk Jamie Correia, also seeking a sixth term, didn’t fare as well. Republican challenger Connie Doss received 53.9 percent of the vote to unseat the Democratic incumbent, who got 46.1 percent of the vote.
In one of the most high-profile county races, former Berryville police officer Jim Ross was elected sheriff over Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Mark Bailey. Ross, a Republican, received 60.5 percent of the vote, while Bailey, a Democrat, got 39.5 percent.
Ross, who also is a former Berryville postmaster, made the general election ballot by beating former CCSO chief deputy Alan Hoos by 23 votes in a June runoff for the Republican nomination.
Republican Makita Williams was elected county treasurer over Democrat Kathryn Merry. Williams received 64.5 percent of the vote, compared with 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.
In Eureka Springs, Mayor Butch Berry won a second term without a runoff despite drawing two challengers. Berry got 52.9 percent of the vote, while Theodore Cottingham received 29.2 percent and Mike Seals got 17.9 percent.
Jerry Carlton was elected mayor of Green Forest, defeating Nestor Rivera. Carlton received 70.1 percent of the vote, compared with 29.9 percent for Rivera.
Republican State Rep. Bob Ballinger was elected to the District 5 seat in the state Senate, defeating Democrat Jim Wallace and Libertarian Lee Evans. Ballinger got 67.6 percent of the vote in the general election, but the real fight came in the Republican primary where he unseated incumbent Bryan King of Green Forest. King carried Carroll County by a wide margin, getting 60.2 percent of the local vote, but Ballinger got strong support in the western portion of the district to finish with 52.4 percent of the total vote.
Republican Harlan Breaux was elected to replace Ballinger in the District 97 seat in the state House of Representatives. Breaux received 59.3 percent of the vote, while Democrat Gary Morris got 40.7 percent.