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story.lead_photo.caption Benton County Judge Barry Moehring speaks with constituents at a July 24 informational town hall meeting in Gentry. Moehring has announced he plans to seek re-election.

BENTONVILLE -- Barry Moehring announced Friday he will seek a second term as Benton County judge.

Moehring, 51, of Bentonville was elected in 2016. Beginning in 2019, county officials will serve four-year terms. The salary for Benton County judge is $100,555 in 2018. The salaries of elected officials are set by the Quorum Court in each year's budget within a range established by the state.

County officials

Changes in state law now provide for county elected officials, except justices of the peace and constables, to serve four-year terms beginning in 2019. Justices of the peace and constables will still serve two-year terms.

Source: Benton County Clerk’s Office

"It has been a privilege to serve the citizens of Benton County," Moehring said. "And with their permission, I would like to continue the progress we've made to bring change to Benton County."

Moehring cited the Benton County's new courts facility as one example of the progress made.

"With the collaboration of the Benton County Quorum Court, we've selected a downtown Bentonville location, hired a world-class facility, architecture and construction team and are well down the road of a final design of the new courts facility," he said.

Moehring ran on three key initiatives in 2016, and he plans to continue them if elected to a second term They are: Financial stewardship; trust, integrity and transparency; and long-range planning.

"Of all the things we worked on this past year, getting War Eagle Bridge opened under budget and ahead of schedule may have been our proudest moment," he said.

Moehring also hosted a series of town halls in the rural areas of the county. He said more than 300 people turned out for the events.

"I think it's very important to bring government to the people," he said. "

Prior to becoming county judge, Moehring served two terms on the Benton County Quorum Court. He has nearly 25 years of private sector experience including holding leadership and executive positions with Motorola, Disney and Walmart.

The filing period for the May 22 party primary election begins Feb. 22 and ends March 1. The general election is Nov. 6.

NW News on 01/20/2018

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