Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Local Primary, Local Races, Benton County

We have a little over a month until the May 20th primary election. As most of you know, Arkansas moved up its primary date for President in order to be a part of "Super Tuesday", but the primary election date for all other offices is still to come.

Since the two establishment parties seem very reluctant to run candidates against each other, often the only "choice" an Arkansan has is who to vote for on Primary day. Whoever wins the primary wins the seat by default. We are a one party state, but the identity of the party changes when you get to NWA.

At any rate, I have been remiss in my duties by not giving local races the attention they deserve. Rep. Steve Harrelson over at http://www.underthedome.com has done a very good job on the legislative races state-wide. As someone who believes that more control ought to be passed down to local government- right down to families and individuals- I should give it more press.

Over the next couple of weeks, I'd like to highlight a few of the races in my area, which is Benton and Washington County Arkansas. If Debbie and Iris want to do the same thing for the Northeast, and one of the others for Central Arkansas, I'd be tickled. Right now we have two big races for County Judge and Sheriff. Candidates for the former include Bill Adams, Dave Bisbee, Chris Glass, Kevin Harrison, and Greg Hines. We will try to sort that one out.

The Sheriffs race is a re-match between Andy Lee and incumbent Keith Ferguson and it has also drawn lots of attention.

Judges races should not be overlooked, and the Court of Appeals race between Courtney Henry and Ron Williams has not been, at least not here. We will try to bring more light on that one too. There are several judicial races. With our wacky "code of judicial conduct" it will be hard to make an informed choice. If anyone out there can help us with those races we'd be obliged.

County Coroner and County Collector? Someone help us! Gloria Spring Peterson has a good resume for the Collector slot, and at least one person who works in the office says she is the way to go. OTOH, being best-liked by the employees is may not be the sign of a boss that will please the customers. On an artistic note, Sewell (Peterson's opponent) has the best looking signs.

At any rate, we plan to dive into that in the next two weeks. Let us know any info you have on those local races.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sewell (Peterson's opponent) has the best looking signs.

Ha- that sounds like something from the Dema-zette.

8:09 PM, April 15, 2008  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Well, it was mostly tongue-in cheek, but I do like the signs!

4:29 AM, April 16, 2008  

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