Incumbent turnovers, thin margins and a likely runoff spun out of the Logan County down-ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 3.
Although it was not a close race between Gary Eveld and Mitch Davis for a Paris City Alderman seat, there were three upsets in Booneville and Magazine this election.
Eveld was elected to represent Ward 3, Position 2, after Donna Nehus decided to not run for election after her appointment to fill the position left when her husband, Richard Nehus, passed away Sept. 29, 2019. Richard Nehus had served as alderman for three years of his four-year term.
Eveld was elected with 71.03%, or 797, of the votes. Mitch Davis received 28.97%, or 325 votes.
• Booneville City Alderman Guy Robson was reelected last week by a margin of less than 2% to represent Ward 1 Position 1. His challenger, Alton Shackleford, received 49.08% of the 1,194 votes. Robson received 608 votes, or 50.92%.
• The Ward 2 Position 2 Booneville City Alderman seat held by Eddie Gossett was lost to Scotty Pierce by a margin of over 25%. Pierce received 754 votes and Gossett received 449 votes.
• Stacy Holbert captured the Ward 2 Position 1 Booneville City Alderman seat from incumbent Robert Smith by a 6% margin. Holbert received 639 votes to Smith’s 566.
Logan County Clerk Peggy Fitzjurls said a runoff is expected for the Ward 3 Position 2 Booneville City Alderman race since no candidate received more than 50%. Bob Halford received 474 votes, or 39.21%, to Joe Earp’s 383, or 31.68%. Justin Goff received 352 votes, or 29.11%. The runoff would take place on Tuesday, Dec. 1. Early voting will be at the courthouse during regular business hours 8 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
• Mychaela Bennett added to the incumbent turnovers in Logan County politics with her defeat of Donald Ray West for the Magazine City Alderman Ward 1 Position 1 seat. It was a close race, but Bennett won by 10 votes. She received 133 votes to West’s 123.
Blue Mountain Clerk Sharon L. Leach, 31 votes.
Caulksville Clerk Boby McCartney, 103 votes.
Magazine City Clerk Vicki Smith, 258 votes.
Morrison Bluff Clerk Mark Siebenmorgen, 38 votes.
Scranton City Clerk Carri Corbitt, 71 votes.
Subiaco City Clerk Jill Sewell, 169 votes.
Logan County voters last Tuesday overwhelmingly chose President Donald J. Trump to continue his presidency four more years in the 2020 general election. A total of 8,137 ballots were cast in the presidential election by the end of voting on Nov. 3. This put Logan County's voter turnout rate at 67.2%. Voter turnout for Logan County was up about 4% from the 2016 election.
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A total of 6,364 votes, 78.21% of Logan County’s votes, went to Trump and Vice President Michael R. Pence.
Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden and his Democratic Party vice president candidate running mate Kamala Harris received 18.85% of the county’s electorate, or 1,534 votes.
• U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton was reelected by a majority of both Logan County voters and other Arkansans for a second six-year term in Congress. The Republican, however, lost many votes on the state level to his Libertarian Party challenger, Ricky Dale Harrington Jr. In Logan County, Harrington received 1,643, or 20.31% of the electorate. Statewide, Harrington received about 32% of the Senate race votes, likely the highest number for a Libertarian candidate in Arkansas history, according to Michael Kalagias, the Benton County Libertarian Party chairman.
• U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, the Republican representative for Arkansas’ 4th Congressional District, also retained his seat and earned a third two-year term in the 2020 election. In Logan County, Westerman received 6,392 votes, or 79.24% of the electorate. His challengers were Democratic Party candidate William H. Hanson and Libertarian Party candidate Frank Gilbert. The Libertarian candidate received 292 votes, or 3.62%; and Hanson received 1,382 votes, or 17.14%.
• District 74 state Rep. Jon Eubanks, the Republican incumbent from Paris, was reelected to a sixth term in the 2020 election, securing 82.10% of the 8,083 total votes. His challenger was June Anteski of Paris. She garnered 1,447 votes, or 17.9%.
In the nonpartisan races, District Judge Brian Mueller was elected Tuesday to a newly created District 12 judgeship which presides over Logan, Yell and Conway counties.
His opponent was Judge Dale Lipsmeyer. With all of the voting areas reporting, Mueller had 74% of the 8,050 votes.