HI residents vote to incorporate
By Scott Loftis and Samantha Jones
Holiday Island is officially a town.
According to Carroll County clerk Connie Doss, Holiday Island residents voted to incorporate the town in a close vote with 789 for incorporation and 708 against it. Doss released the information Wednesday night after a technical issue prevented election officials from counting most of the county’s 1,844 absentee ballots on Tuesday. Absentee ballots are included in all the totals reported in this story.
Daniel Kees defeated Russell Baxter 849-491, becoming the first mayor of Holiday Island. In the Holiday Island City Council races, Lynn Edward Dumas defeated Rick Chambers for Position 1, Linda Graves defeated Susan Rosen 882-449 for Position 3 and Jerry Pittman defeated Barbara Talbot 768-548 for Position 5. Wesley Stille and Morgan Darby-Gonzalez won their races uncontested, with Stille becoming town recorder/treasurer and Darby-Gonzalez becoming city clerk/recorder.
Two of the three contested Eureka Springs City Council races were very close. Challenger LauraJo Smole unseated incumbent Susan Harman 596-500 in their race for the Ward 1, Position 2 seat, while challenger Bill Ott unseated incumbent Bob Thomas 573-549 for the Ward 2, Position 2 seat. Incumbent Melissa Greene defeated challenger Michael Seals 769-354 for the Ward 2, Position 1 seat.
Voters overwhelmingly favored keeping the Eureka Springs Historic District Commission, with 854 votes against a proposal to abolish the commission and 319 in favor of the proposal.
A proposal to create a permanent entertainment district in Eureka Springs received 518 votes, with 641 votes against the proposal. A proposal to repeal a permanent entertainment district with a sunset clause received 603 votes, with 548 votes against the proposal.
District 3 Justice of the Peace Harrie Farrow defeated challenger Ferguson Stewart 884-425.
District 97 State Rep. Harlan Breaux defeated challenger Suzie Bell 3,908-3,671 in Carroll County. In addition to a large portion of Carroll County, District 97 also includes parts of Madison and Washington counties. District-wide, Breaux had 8,646 votes compared with 4,932 for Bell. Those totals were announced before the addition of Carroll County’s absentee votes.