As early voting is winding down at the Jefferson County Courthouse, voters will have two final opportunities to cast their ballots prior to election day.
The Jefferson County Clerk’s Office will be open today (Saturday) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for those who want to avoid lines at the polling sites.
On Monday, March 2, the clerk’s office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The polls will be open from 7:30 a.m .to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. March 3 and voters will be required to state which election they wish to vote for, Democrat, Republican or non-partisan judicial.
The only contested race on the Republican Party is the parts’s nominee for President of the United States.
In addition to selecting a presidential nominee, voters in the Democratic Primary will decide the winner of two state Senate Races. In Senate District 25, incumbent Senator Stephanie Flowers is being challenged by Efrem Elliott. No Republican has filed for the position.
In Senate District 27, Garry L. Smith is opposing Keidra Burrell. The winner of that primary will challenge incumbent Senator Trent Garner in the November General Election.
There are also two contested races at the county level, both for positions on the Quorum Court. Incumbent District 4 Justice of the Peace Patricia Royal Johnson is opposed by former Justice of the Peace Delton Wright, who formerly represented District 3 but resigned after moving out of the district.
Also, incumbent Justice of the Peace Brenda Bishop Gaddy, who represents District 13 will face former Justice of the Peace Edward Spears Sr., and Jeff Edwards. That district is located across the Arkansas River and includes Altheimer, Wabbaseka, Sherrill, Tucker and other communities.
In Pine Bluff, there will be a three-way contest for Mayor as incumbent Mayor Shirley Washington faces current Council Members Steven Mays and Ivan Whitfield.
Two candidates are seeking to replace retiring City Clerk Loretta Whitfield. They are Janice L. Roberts and Sharon Hardin Rasberry. Two candidates are also on the ballot for City Treasurer, a part-time position. Incumbent Greg Gustek is being challenged by Cynthia Mooney Sims.
Three of the four positions on the Pine Bluff City Council which are up this year drew multiple candidates seeking the job. In Ward 1, incumbent Lloyd Holcomb Jr. is facing Garland Trice and Sam Whitfield, the brother of Ivan Whitfield. In Ward 2, current Council Member Win Trafford chose not to seek a second term and Lloyd Franklin Jr., Albert King, Steven Shaner and George Stepps all filed for the position. Stepps has subsequently said he was withdrawing because he had been selected as Jefferson County Elections Coordinator by Council Judge Gerald Robinson. Stepps’ name however will be on the ballot and votes cast for him will be counted, the Jefferson County Election Commission has said. Finally, in Ward 3, incumbent Donald Hatchett is facing former Council Member Glen Brown Sr. Hatchett won the seat in the 2016 election by beating Brown. Only Ward 4 Council Member Bruce Lockett was unopposed.
There will also be races for three judicial positions and all of those races will appear on both Democratic and Republican ballots.
Judge Morgan “Chip” Welch and Barbara Womack Webb are seeking a seat on the Arkansas Supreme Court, Position 4. Also, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney, who presides over District 2 is being challenged by attorneys Kandice Bell and Efrem Neely. In the 11th Judicial District-West, which includes Jefferson and Lincoln Counties, attorneys Tom Owens, Therese Free and Mac Norton are seeking to replace Circuit Judge Bill Benton in Division 3. Benton is retiring.