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Clark County filing period ends with 5 Quorum Court seats contested

Who’s running for office in Clark County, Arkansas, in 2024?

Clark County’s 2024 candidate filing period ended at noon Tuesday, Nov. 14. 

Five of the court’s 11 positions have contested races for the 2024 general election. Voters in Arkadelphia’s District 4 will choose from three candidates in the March primary.

Arkadelphia’s District 1 has a candidate from both major parties vying for the seat. Joseph White (R), a lumber salesman at Ray White Lumber Co. in Sparkman, is challenging incumbent Zach Bledsoe (D), a senior instructor at Arkansas State University-Three Rivers.

District 2, also in Arkadelphia, will have two candidates. Incumbent Micheal Ankton (D), a middle school teacher at Goza Middle School, has a challenger in restaurateur (The V Bar & Grill) and trucking company owner James Pruett (R).

Arkadelphia’s District 4 will have a new representative as longtime Justice Albert Neal did not file for re-election. The district has three Democratic candidates: Marilyn Allen, LaShunda Dickerson and Llewellyn Terry, pastor of Mt. Olive Baptist Church.

District 6, which largely comprises the DeGray community, has two candidates vying for the seat: retired Henderson State professor Judy Harrison (D) and building materials broker Stuart Thomas (R).

In the Amity/Alpine area, incumbent Garry “B.J.” Johns (R), Amity’s police and fire chief, again faces challenger Amelia Johnson (D), a self-employed website designer who led an unsuccessful bid for the position in the 2022 election.

In a countywide election, incumbent Constable George Hawthorn (R) will again face Zack Garrett (D). Hawthorn soundly defeated Garrett in 2022.

State senator, U.S. Congressman draw opponents

Incumbent state Sen. Steve Crowell (R-Magnolia) will be facing a fellow Republican in the primary, as Mark Silvey, a Hope businessman, also filed for candidacy for the District 03 seat.

Five-term incumbent District 4 Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-Hot Springs) will face Pine Bluff attorney Risie Howard, a Democrat, as well as John White, of Stephens, who ran as a Democrat for Congress in 2022 but is now running as an independent.

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