With a General Election turnout in the city limits of about 45 percent last Tuesday, incumbent Mayor Jerry Wilkins and Arron Brewer emerged from a five candidate field for a Dec. 4 runoff election.
Wilkins, the four term incumbent received 319 of the 897 votes cast in the election, or 35.6 percent. Brewer, who currently serves as a city councilman, got 260 votes, or 29 percent.
Eliminated in the race were Bobby Halford, Harold “Porky” Kimbrell, and Edgar Baker. Halford was a close third with 234 votes, 26.1 percent. Kimbrell was picked on 47 ballots and Baker, who disbanded his campaign prior to a mayoral forum in September, was picked on 37 ballots.
City voters also selected two new Booneville city councilmen Tuesday. Joe Earp easily defeated Derrick Dennis Wagner 568-295 and Guy A. Robson, a former alderman, beat Alton Shackleford, 471-388.
In other south Logan County races Bobby Krepps, the incumbent District 7 Justice of the Peace, beat challenger Roger Osborne 420-152, and the Barber Constable race was won by Kean Cunningham over Daniel Merry, 80-18.
The City of Magazine also grew as its annexation passed 117-38. The vote moves the western edge of the city limits from its current location to the eastern edge of Scott Creek, taking in two businesses.
Logan County voters were in agreement with the state sentiment on all issues on the ballot as well — approving the voter identification, casino and minimum wage issues.
The voter identification amendment makes permanent a requirement for voters to provide an identification to vote. County voters overwhelmingly approved the measure by a count of 4695-787.
The casino amendment approves casinos in Garland and Crittenden counties — home to gambling centers Southland Racing and Oaklawn Racing — as well as in Jefferson and Pope counties.
The minimum wage amendment approves gradually increasing the state’s minimum wage from its current level of $8.50 to $11 in January of 2021. The first step increase will be to $9.25 on Jan. 1, 2019.
County voters also agreed with the overall state in races for Congress AR-04, which went to Bruce Westerman; Governor, which went to Asa Hutchinson; Lt. Gov., which went to Tim Griffin; Attorney General, which went to Leslie Rutledge; Secretary of State, which went to John Thurston; State Treasurer, which went to Dennis Milligan; Auditor of the State, which went to Andrea Lea; Commissioner of State Lands, which went to Tommy Land; as well as State Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson.
Voters in Paris re-elected David Rhineheart to its city council and Scranton voters approved a one percent sales tax increase.