Clinton voters to decide 2 races in runoff
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Two Clinton election contests are heading for a Nov. 27 runoff.
In the race for Ward 1, Position 2 on the Clinton City Council, longtime incumbent Richard Hink will square off with Nina Bonds Baker. Unofficial vote tallies show 331 votes, or 36 percent, for Hink, and 313, or 34 percent, for Baker. Paul Maddox gained 275 votes, or 30 percent.
In the three-way race for Clinton recorder/treasurer, Dena Thompson Malone gained the most votes with 433, or 47 percent. Wendy Henderson, who currently holds the position, received 305 votes, or 33 percent. Tracy Sutterfield received 184 votes, or 20 percent. Malone and Henderson will be on the Nov. 27 ballot.
In other city races, Gayla Story Bradley unseated incumbent Kip Stringer for the Ward 1, Position 1 City Council seat. Bradley received 473 votes, or 52.5 percent, while Stringer got 444 votes, or 48.4 percent.
In the Ward 3, Position 2 seat Jason Lynch defeated Ross Moore. Lynch received 575 votes, or 63 percent, while Moore got 334 votes, or 37 percent. The seat currently is held by Randy Churches who did not seek re-election.
In Shirley the race for Ward 1, Position 2 was won by Brad Brown with 82 votes, or 61 percent. James Faulkner received 53 votes, or 39 percent. Currently, Ray Earnhart holds the seat. He did not seek re-election.
In Van Buren County Quorum Court races:
• Incumbent justice of the peace for District 3 James Kirkendoll, a Republican, held off a challenge from Democrat Renee Vinson. Kirkendoll received 427 votes, or 62 percent, to Vinson’s 258 votes, or 38 percent.
• In District 4, Charles Willard, a Democrat, received 622 votes, or 61 percent, to defeat Republican Tony Cuttone who got 390 votes, or 39 percent. The seat is currently held by David McBee who was appointed by Gov. Mike Beebe to replace George Bruen who resigned in January for health reasons.
• In District 5, Democrat Gary Linn gained 391 votes, or 56 percent, while Republican Jamie Hamilton received 310 votes, or 44 percent. The seat is currently held by John Harmon who did not seek re-election.
• In District 7, Republican James R. Reed Jr. brought in 342 votes, or 59 percent, while Democrat Eric Koonce got 234 votes, or 41 percent. The seat is currently held by Kenny Lemings who lost in the Democratic primary.
• In District 8, incumbent Democrat Richard Collins Jr. held off a challenge by Republican Jackie Sikes. Collins got 345 votes, or 52 percent, while Sikes received 318 votes, or 48 percent.
• District 9 voters sent former County Judge Robert “Bogie” Bramlett, a Democrat, back to the Quorum Court. He received 385 votes, or 55 percent, while Republican Gail Lasater got 316 votes, or 45 percent. That seat is currently held by Shannon Deckard who lost in the Democratic primary.
• Voters supported dividing the county clerk’s office into a county division and a circuit division. For the proposal were 3,383, or 57 percent, while 2,599, or 43 percent, voted against it.
For state House representative, Van Buren County picked Josh Miller, a Republican. He received 1,604 votes, or 54 percent, to Democrat Jeff Pistole’s 1,385 votes, or 46 percent. Miller won the seat for District 66.
In state Senate races, Republican David J. Sanders gained 1,339 votes, or 55 percent, to Democrat Johnny Hoyt’s 1,104 votes, or 45 percent, to win District 15. Sanders also own overall.
In District 18, voters picked state Sen. Missy Irvin, a Repubilcan, with 1,295, or 63 percent, over Democrat Zac White (619 votes, or 30 percent) and Independent Paul White (131 votes, 6 percent). Irvin was the overall winner.
In national races, U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin won overall. In Van Buren County the Republican incumbent received 4,304 votes or 67 percent. Democrat Herb Rule got 1,682 votes, or 27 percent. Green Party candidate Barbara Ward got 200 votes, 3 percent, and Liberal Party candidate Chris Hayes received 149 votes, or 2 percent.
Van Buren County voters overwhelmingly made Republican Mitt Romney their favorite for president with 4,362 votes or 68 percent. President Obama gained 1,826 votes, or 28 percent. Other candidates in the race gained less than 4 percent of the vote combined.
The vote tallies are not yet official. Van Buren County Election coordinator Jeff Hall said the results will be certified next week.