Time running out for Faulkner filing

It’ll be up to the GOP Quartet to provide most of the local entertainment this primary election season if numerous candidates don’t come out of hiding quickly.

Four more party candidates filed for office in Faulkner County on Wednesday, the final full day of filing, but profile primary races simply are not materializing.

Filing resumes at 8 a.m. Thursday at the county clerk’s office and the filing period closes at noon.

Four Republican candidates for sheriff will shoot it out this spring for the right to advance to November’s general election. Otherwise, only a Democratic tussle for Benedict Township constable is on the county’s dance card so far for the May 22 preferential primary.

GOPers seeking to succeed Democratic Sheriff Karl Byrd, who will not seek a fourth term, are Max Young, Tim Ryals and Andy Shock, all of Conway, and Allen Smith of Greenbrier. Democratic hopeful Tommy Earnhart of Conway has not attracted primary opposition.

The race for Benedict Township constable developed Wednesday when Arie “Dalton” Elliott of Conway filed to run against Hubert Goodnight of Mayflower.

Todd Patton of Wooster filed as a Democratic candidate District 12 justice of the peace.

Democrat Steve Padgett of Greenbrier filed for re-election as East Fork Township constable, while Preston Masters of Mayflower filed as a Democratic candidate for Danley Township constable.

Three independent candidates filed notices of candidacy. They are Scott Hunter of Conway for District 11 JP, John Hutchcraft of Guy for California Township constable and Larry Dale Hobbs of Damascus for Walker Township constable.

Independent candidates have until May 21 to turn in their petitions for candidacy. Twenty-two Democrats and 15 Republicans have filed so far for county offices.

Early and absentee voting for the primary election starts May 7.


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