The two remaining candidates for the Democratic Party nomination for Jefferson County judge said Wednesday they will be spending the next three weeks trying to build on their success.

The two remaining candidates for the Democratic Party nomination for Jefferson County judge said Wednesday they will be spending the next three weeks trying to build on their success.

Current Pine Bluff Assistant Chief of Police Ivan Whitfield and former Pine Bluff Mayor Dutch King will face each other June 12 after finishing one-two in the party primary Tuesday night.

“We feel like we gave it our best shot the first time around and had hoped to get to that 50 percent (plus one vote) so that a runoff wouldn’t be necessary,” said Whitfield. “We fell short of that but we’re going to keep talking to people to let them know that we’re going to work for the best interest of Jefferson County.”

“The job is not completed yet,” Whitfield said.

Whitfield has worked for the police department for more than 29 years and was making his first run for political office.

Complete but unofficial results showed Whitfield received 3,706 votes to 3,408 for King and 1,969 votes for current Justice of the Peace Alfred Carroll, who also ran for the seat.

“I feel good and I appreciate the people of Pine Bluff and Jefferson County who put their trust and faith in me and we’re asking them to continue to have that trust and faith so that we can be successful,” King said.

“For the next three weeks I’m going to be pounding the pavement, knocking on doors, talking to people, and trying to get them to come out and vote,” King said.

Whitfield said he would be talking to Carroll in the next few days and seeking his support and endorsement for the runoff.

“I want to let people know that they can talk to me, and deal with me, as we continue our goal of moving Jefferson County forward,” Whitfield said. “We’re going to take it one day at a time.”

King said he was “disappointed with the voter turnout for the party primaries and had expected more people to turn out.

“Our job is to get people out to vote and while I was frustrated with the total turnout, we got enough votes to move us forward and face one more battle,” he said.

King was a member of the Pine Bluff City Council for six years, and served as mayor for one, four-year term.

The winner of the run0ff will face Republican Justice of the Peace Ted Harden of White Hall, who was unopposed for his party’s nomination. Harden was also unopposed in his bid for another term on the quorum court, and has said if he is elected county judge, he would resign from the quorum court.