The only county office that opened its doors on this snow day was busy.
County Clerk Melinda Reynolds, who isn’t running for re-election, was one of several dozen county clerks in the state who came in to work to accept last-minute campaign filings. Here’s what we learned:
Jim Baker will walk into the County Judge’s office unopposed. Marvin Lessmann had plans to run against him, but filed instead for county clerk.
Lessmann said that after studying the county judge race he had doubts about beating Baker’s name recognition, “and why run against a guy when you think he’ll do a pretty good job?"
Lessmann will be running against Republican Margaret Darter, the current deputy county clerk, and Democrat Aaron Knight, who works in UCA’s division of advancement.
Faulkner County Sheriff Andy Shock will run for re-election against Joe Taylor, a major with the Conway Police Department. Both are running as Republicans.
There are five contested races for seats at the Faulkner County Quorum Court:
JP District 1: Randy Ingram (D) and Justin Knight (R),
JP District 6: Bob Gregory (R) and Daniel Thessing (R),
JP District 7: Chris Green (R), LeRoy Hendricks (D) and Linda Norris (R),
JP District 9: Chris Bills (R) and Beau Wilcox (D), and
JP District 12: Damon Edwards (R) and Ronnie Hall (D).
Penny McClung (D) will run against Scott Sanson (R) for county treasurer.
All other local-level county positions are uncontested.