Two candidates will face off on June 12 in a runoff to determine who will become constable for Vaugine township while two other races were decided in Tuesday's primary election.
Two candidates will face off on June 12 in a runoff to determine who will become constable for Vaugine township while two other races were decided in Tuesday’s primary election.
Complete, but unofficial totals in Tuesday’s primary election show:
• DeShawn Bennett received 2,479 votes (46.17 percent).
• Bryan Beasley garnered 1,261 votes (23.49 percent).
• Jody O’ Mary came in with 899 (16.74 percent).
• Johnathan Fallis came in with 730 (13.60 percent).
All ran as Democrats.
Wednesday, Bennett said he is optimistic about the outcome of the race so far.
“Although I’m kind of shocked I didn’t receive 50 percent of the votes, I think I did very well,” he said.
Bennett resides in Pine Bluff and works as the Chief of Police in Wabbaseka. He graduated from Pine Bluff High School in 1993 and became a professional welder, he said.
Although this is Bennett’s first time running for an elected office, he said he plans to stay humble and learn all he can learn. Along with working as police chief, he works part time at the University of Pine Bluff at Arkansas as a police officer.
Voters should choose Bennett in the runoff, he said.
“We need someone certified in the law department,” Bennett said.
Beasley, his opponent, was positive about the runoff.
“I feel pretty good. I’m gonna make it,” Beasley said.
Beasley is a Pine Bluff native, graduating from Watson Chapel High School in 1998 as well as UAPB in 2004. He is a member of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity.
Beasley is running for constable because the law enforcement officer’s position is part of the field he is studying. He is seeking his master’s degree in criminal justice.
He believes voters should choose him in the runoff.
“I’m the best man for the job and I have more experience than my opponent,” Beasley said.
In the Dunnington township election for constable, complete, but unofficial results were:
• Teresa Sloan won the race with 79 votes (69.30 percent).
• Otho Eddie Anderson received 35 (30.70 percent).
A Wabbaseka native, Sloan said she was excited with the outcome.
“It was time for a woman to see what she could do,” Sloan said.
A Little Rock firefighter, Anderson said things happen but he has not given up.
“I wanted to protect the people,” he said.
Both ran as Democrats.
Plum Bayou township
In Plum Bayou township, complete, but unofficial results show:
• Merlin Laws defeated his opponent with 204 votes (77.86 percent).
• K.W. Hertzog garnered 58 (22.14 percent).
Both ran as Democrats.