Jefferson County Clerk's Office staff reported no problems during the final day of early voting Monday. Ballots will be cast during the primary election Tuesday at polling sites throughout the state. Locally, polls will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Candidates in area races include:
Jefferson County Clerk’s Office staff reported no problems during the final day of early voting Monday. Ballots will be cast during the primary election Tuesday at polling sites throughout the state. Locally, polls will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Candidates in area races include:
Jefferson County Judge
Democrats Ivan Whitfield, Dutch King and Alfred Carroll; the winner will face GOP Ted Harden Nov. 6.
Justice of the Peace
District 1 — Democrats Garland Trice and Morris Caldwell
District 2 — Democrats Reginald Adams and H.O. Gray
District 3 — Democrats Delton Wright and Reginald Johnson
District 4 — Democrats Glen Brown Jr. and Mandy Alford
District 7 — Democrats Vannette Johnson and Porter Jackson III
District 13 — Democrats Edward Spears and Dale Davis
U.S. Congress District 1
Democrats Scott Ellington, Gary Latanich and Clark M. Hall; the winner will face GOP Congressman Rick Crawford in the general election Nov. 6.
U.S. Congress District District 4
Democrats Gene Jeffress, Q. Byrum Hurst, and DC Morrison; Republicans Tom Cotton, Beth Anne Rankin and John Cowart; winners from each party will face off Nov. 6.
State Senate District 25
Democrats, state Rep. Efrem Elliott and state Sen. Stephanie Flowers.
State Senate District 27
Democrats, Rep. Garry L. Smith and Rep. Bobby J. Pierce; the winner will face GOP Henry L. Frisby II Nov. 6.
State Representative District 10
Democrats Dorothy A. Hall, Jefferson County Judge Mike Holcomb and Star City Mayor Gene Yarbrough; the winner will face GOP Charles Roberts Nov. 6.
Dunnington Township — Democrats Teresa Sloan, Otho Eddie Anderson
Plum Bayou Township — Democrats Merlin Laws and K.W. Hertzog; the winner will face GOP Harvey Harrington
Vaugine Township — Democrats DeShawn Bennett, Jody O’Mary, Johnathan Fallis, and Bryan Beasley.
Pension fund special election
In addition to voting for candidates in the primary, Pine Bluff voters will also be asked to vote in a special election Tuesday on a proposed 0.4-mill increase on property taxes citywide to help prevent the pension funds for more than 150 uniformed public safety employees and their spouses from becoming insolvent.
The public will vote on whether to raise the millage by 0.2 mills each for both the Firemen’s Pension Fund and the Police Pension Fund. The firemen’s fund has been declared “projected insolvent” by a state board, meaning it will not be able to make payments for another 10 years unless its funding is increased. The police fund is not projected to be insolvent in 10 years but also has funding issues, state and local financial officials have said.
The city currently levies for each fund an annual tax of 0.8 mills on the assessed value of real and personnel property in the city. State law allows a maximum amount of 1 mill to be applied to each fund.