It was a close call, but the victor in a contested race for justice of the peace was decided Friday.
Arkansans on Tuesday soundly rejected a ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana, but advocates promise an improved proposal in 2024.
George Hawthorn will keep his position as Caddo Township’s constable, defeating Democratic challenger Zack Garrett 3,495-2,362.
Come Jan. 1, Tracy Rider will leave her seat as Clark County justice of the peace and take the helm of county clerk, one of the seven major elected county offices.
Incumbent justices of the peace Vanilla Hannah, Andrea Angle and B.J. Johns soundly defeated their challengers to maintain their seat on the Clark County Quorum Court.
Here are the unofficial results from how Clark County voted in the 2022 midterm election:
Unofficial results indicate that Bledsoe won by four votes — he had 103 votes to Matthew Taylor’s 99. But with seven provisional ballots still on the line, the race will not be decided until Nov. 18.