City Races Firmed For Fall

127 CANDIDATES FILE FOR OFFICES

The contests to select the next batch of people to make public policy decisions in Washington County’s cities and smaller towns are set.

By noon Tuesday, 127 candidates had submitted their paperwork during the 20-day filing period to run for municipal office.

Of the 127 candidates who filed, 65 are incumbents. Thirteen incumbents are being challenged.

County Clerk Karen Combs Pritchard said the number of candidates who filed are “pretty much about the same” as in other election years.

Voters will go to the polls on Nov. 2 to make their choices. That’s also the election in which voters will determine their choices for Congress, state and county offices.

In Fayetteville, Justin Tennent is on course to serve on the Fayetteville City Council, taking place of Ward 3 Alderman Robert Rhoads. Neither Rhoads — nor anyone else beyond Tennent — filed the required paperwork to seek the seat by the noon deadline on Tuesday. Tennant, 39, is a global account manager with Hewlett Packard.

Adella Gray, an alderwoman from Fayetteville’s Ward 1, and Kit Williams, Fayetteville’s city attorney, also will run unopposed for their respective posts.

Ward 4 is a two-way race between Rhonda Adams and Jeff Dickey for the seat being vacated by Shirley Lucas. Adams, 50, is the assistant dean for administration at the University of Arkansas School of Law. Dickey, 43, is a registered vascular and cardiology specialist at Northwest Medical Center in Springdale. Both are political newcomers. A third candidate who formally announced his plan to enter the race last week, Josh Nowell, did not file for the office.

The voters in Ward 2 get to choose between two somewhat familiar faces. Mark Kinion, 53, a consultant with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, will face Adam Fire Cat, a restaurant employee who ran for mayor in 2008. The winner will take the place of Kyle Cook, who has served two terms and decided against running again. Kinion last ran for public office in 2008 when he sought the other Ward 2 seat but lost to current Alderman Matthew Petty.

In Springdale, the City Council will have at least one new member after filings show three contested city council races.

Alderman Mike Overton and Jeff Harper, city attorney, are unopposed. Position 1 seats in the four Springdale wards are up for four-year terms. The position 2 seats will be up for election in 2012, as well as the mayor, city clerk and district judge positions.

Three candidates filed for Ward 3, where Alderman Jesse Core decided not to run for re-election. Former alderman Ray Dotson, who lost to Core in a runoff in 2006, seeks to return to the City Council. Brad Bruns, a real estate agent, and Aaron Wolfe, a dispatcher for the Arkansas State Police, are seeking their first political position.

In Ward 1, incumbent Jim Reed faces newcomer Steve Martindale. Reed was elected to his first term in 2006. Martindale, a resident of Walden Street, was one of several people in the area who opposed the controversial rezoning of nearby property.

In Ward 4, incumbent Bobby Stout is opposed by Rick Culver. Stout is finishing his sixth term on the council and is its longest-serving member. Culver is a member of the Rodeo of the Ozarks board of directors.

Overton is serving his third term on the council. Harper is completing his seventh four-year term as city attorney.

Candidates also filed in Washington County’s smaller towns.

Among the most active politically this election season, the city of Greenland has six contested races with two races having three candidates, including the mayor's race. Ward 1, Position 1 Alderman Bill Groom will face off against Lonnie Meadows and Bill Yoes, who filed Tuesday.

Greenland also has three candidates for the first position in Ward 4 that was recently left vacant by Mark Myers. Johney Boles, Brenda Reynolds and Matt Partain have filed their candidacy.

Lincoln's mayor, Rob Hulse, faces two opponents, Jason Davis and Bill Bush.

Farmington's second position in Ward 3 has three opponents. Alderwoman Shelly Parsley has been challenged by Jean Swift and Jimmy Thomas.

West Fork and Tontitown have four contested races; Elkins and Farmington have three contested.

The following is a list of all the candidates who have filed for municipal office in Washington County’s cities and towns, according to the Washington County Clerk.

Fayetteville

Alderman

Ward 1, Position 1

Adella Gray*

Ward 2, Position 1

Mark Kinion

Adam Fire Cat

Ward 3, Position 1

Justin Tennant

Ward 4, Position 1

Rhonda Adams

Jeff Dickey

City Attorney

Kit Williams*

Springdale

Alderman

Ward 1, Position 1

Jim Reed*

Steve Martindale

Ward 2, Position 1

Mike Overton*

Ward 3, Position 1

Brad Bruns

Aaron Wolfe

Ray Dotson

Ward 4, Position 1

Rick Culver

Bobby Stout*

City Attorney

Jeff Harper*

Elkins

Ward 1, Position 1

Bonnie Wilcox

Ward 1, Position 2

Virginia Gardner

Darrell Parent

Ward 2, Position 1

Duane Miller

Ward 2, Position 2

Keith Cazer

Jason Bathon

Ward 3, Position 1

Duane Foster*

Ward 3, Position 2

Lloyd Stith*

Mayor

Bruce Ledford

Gary Bartholomew

Elm Springs

Alderman

Ward 1, Position 1

Allen Holcomb*

Robin Lundstrum

Ward 2, Position 2

Dennis Doty*

Ward 3, Position 1

Roberta Peters

Ward 3, Position 2

Ralph E. Blythe*

Mayor

Randy Lott*

Ben Wall

Farmington

Alderman

Ward 1, Position 1

Sherry Mathews

Robert Mann

Ward 1 Position 2

Patsy Pike*

Ward 2, Position 1

Keith Lipford*

Ward 2, Position 2

Janie Steele*

Ward 3, Position 1

Brenda Cunningham*

Ward 3, Position 2

Shelly Parsley*

Jean Swift

Jimmy Thomas

Ward 4, Position 1

Bobby Morgan*

Ward 4, Position 2

Terry Yopp*

City attorney

Steve Tennant*

Mike Dunagan

Mayor

Ernie L. Penn*

City clerk

Kelly Thomas*

Goshen

Alderman

Ward 1, Position 2

Andy Bethell*

Ward 2, Position 2

Richard H. Seddon*

Mayor

Joe Benson*

Greenland

Alderman

Ward 1, Position 1

Eric Bryant

Paula Schoonover

Ward 1, Position 2

Jim Renfrow

Greg Forrester

Ward 2, Position 1

Danny Dutton*

Dave Karnes

Ward 2, Position 2

Manuel Bradshaw

Stephanie Sharp*

Ward 3, Position 1

Carroll E. Hancock*

Ward 3, Position 2

Johnny James*

Ward 4, Position 1

Johney Boles

Brenda Reynolds

Matt Partain

Ward 4. Position 2

Greg White*

Mayor

Bill Groom

Lonnie Meadows

Bill Yoes

Johnson

Alderman

Ward 1, Position 1

Bill Burnett*

Ward 1, Position 2

Theodore “Buddy” Curry*

Ward 2, Position 1

Bob Fant*

Ward 2, Position 2

Clay Dodson*

Keith R. Allen Jr.

Ward 3, Position 1

Melissia A. Tomlinson*

Ward 3, Position 2

Tom Bramlett*

Mayor

Lonnie Barron*

Lincoln

Ward 1, Position 1

Doug Moore*

Ward 1, Position 2

Burl Carter*

Laurie Roy

Ward 2, Position 1

Kenneth Albright*

Ward 2, Position 2

Doug Hutchens*

Ward 3, position 1

Bobby McDonald*

Ward 4, Position 1

Doyle Dixon*

Mayor

Jason Davis

Rob Hulse*

Bill Bush

Clerk/treasurer

Becky G. Carter*

Prairie Grove

Alderman

Ward 1, Position 1

Douglas Bartholomew*

Ward 1, Position 2

Rick Clayton

Sarah A. O’Brien

Ward 2, Position 1

Robert Cunningham)

Ward 2, Position 2

Dale Reed

Ward 3, Position 1

B.R. “Bubba” Lyle*

Ward 3, Position 2

Paul M. “Murph” Pair*

Ward 4, Position 1

Marquita Smith*

Ward 4, Position 2

Casey D. Copeland*

Mayor

Charles “Sonny” Hudson*

Clerk/treasurer

Carol L. Pair*

Tontitown

Alderman

Ward 1, Position 1

Norman (Jack) Beckford

David Bolinger*

Ward 1, Position 2

Henry Piazza*

Ward 2, Position 1

Arthur E. Penzo*

Ward 2, Position 2

Robert E. Pianalto*

James W. Larson

Ward 3, Position 1

Julienne Z. Bowling*

Dennis Berry

Ward 3, Position 2

Mike Zulpo

John Duggar

Mayor

Tommy Granata

Joseph Edgmon

West Fork

Alderman

All Position 2

Ward 1

Edwin H. Stout*

Bryan “Moe” Greenoe

Ward 2

Paul Libor

Julie Shafer

Ward 3

Anita Spillers Lowry*

Ward 4

Charlie Rossetti

Mayor

Francis Hime

Jan Throgmorton*

City Clerk

Susan Cooney*

Emily Holloway

Winslow

Alderman

Ward 1, Position 1

Charles C. Patrick

Ward 1, Position 2

Diane Rickman*

Ward 2, Position 1

Velma Duncan*

Ward 2, Position 2

Barbara Ashbaugh*

Ward 3, Position 1

Leta R. McGuire*

Ward 3, Position 2

Marsha L. Cooley*

Mayor

Randy Jarnagan*

* Indicates incumbent.

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