5 races develop from municipal filings in Baxter, Marion counties

The filing period for municipal positions in Arkansas began Wednesday, and five races have developed in Baxter and Marion counties.

Two races are in Mountain Home. Scott Liles and Billy D. Austin are running for city clerk, looking to succeed Brian Plumlee, who did not file for re-election. Marshella Norell is looking to challenge current council member Paige Evans for Ward 3, Position 1. Evans has not filed, but she did announce her candidacy last month.

Seven incumbents in Mountain Home have filed for re-election, and they currently do not have opponents. The incumbents are Mayor Hillrey Adams and council members Bob Van Haaren in Ward 1, Position 1, Susan Stockton in Ward 1, Position 2, Wayne Almond in Ward 2, Position 2, Carry Manuel in Ward 3, Position 2, Jim Bodenhamer in Ward 4, Position 1, and Nick Reed in Ward 4, Position 2.

No one has filed to succeed Jennifer Baker for Ward 2, Position 1, although Jay Volkman announced his candidacy in July. Baker has announced she does not intend to seek another term.

A race has developed for the mayor’s position in Salesville. Incumbent Tim Mayfield is being challenged by Qicha VanLandingham.

Two incumbents have filed for re-election on the Salesville City Council, and they are currenty unopposed. Carolyn Neel is looking to stay in Ward 1, Position 1, and Jared Sorters is seeking another term for Ward 2, Position 1. Matthew VanLandingham has filed for Ward 2, Position 2.

Jeff Braim is currently the only filing in Gassville. He is looking to keep his seat as the city’s mayor.

Cotter currently has five incumbents that have filed for re-election. They include Mayor Mac Caradine and council members Carolyn Gill for Ward 1, Position 1, Charles Sugg for Ward 2, Position 1, Linda McCarthy for Ward 2, Position 2, and Mertice Kray for Ward 3, Position 1.

Two incumbents have filed in Lakeview. Carl Hill is seeking re-election in Ward 2, Position 1, and William Svehla is running for another term in Ward 3, Position 1.

Two new candidates have filed in Briarcliff. Connie Street is running for Ward 2, Position 2, and John Bolding is seeking Ward 3, Position 2. No incumbents have filed in Briarcliff.

There are two filings for the Norfork City Council, and both are incumbents. Ian Vickery is running for re-election in Ward 1, Position 1, and Harry Roderick is looking for another term in Ward 1, Position 2.

The list of candidates filing for the Big Flat City Council is made up of four incumbents. Bonnie Sutterfield is seeking another term for Position 2, Robert Shelton is running again for Position 3, Kimberly Shelton is looking to stay at Position 4, and Lonnie Holt is running for another term on Position 5.

In Marion County, three candidates have filed for the position of mayor in Bull Shoals. Incumbent David Nixon has filed for re-election, and he is being challenged by Ed Martin and Michael Savu.

A second race has developed on the Bull Shoals City Council. William Stahlman and Wesley Phelan have both filed for Ward 3, Position 1. Current council member David McBee has not filed for re-election.

Four other candidates have also filed for the Bull Shoals City Council. Phillip Simpson is seeking Ward 1, Position 1, Russell Meinking is running for Ward 2, Position 1, Brenna Ferrell has filed for Ward 2, Position 2, and Dale Forbus is seeking Ward 3, Position 2. No current Bull Shoals council members have filed for re-election.

In Flippin, current council member Heith Hogan is running for mayor. Current Mayor Gerald Marberry has not filed for re-election.

Margaret Ott is looking to succeed Hogan in Ward 2, Position 1. Ott currently does not have an opponent.

Two other incumbents on the Flippin City Council have filed for re-election. Joe Cantrall is looking to stay at Ward 1, Position 2, and Tony Ford has filed for Ward 2, Position 2. Cantrall and Ford currently do not have opponents.

Three incumbents are seeking re-election in Yellville. Shawn Lane is looking to return to the mayoral position, Vickie Fogerty is again seeking Ward 1, Position 2, and Lorna Goodwin is hoping to stay at Ward 2, Position 2.

The deadline to file for re-election is Wednesday at noon.

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