Contests and candidates for March 1 elections

Early voting begins Tuesday

By Ralph Hardin ralphhardin@gmail.com

The Crittenden County Election Commission has released ballot information for the upcoming Primary and Nonpartisan Judicial election candidates and other contests that will be decided on March 1: MARCH 1ST PRIMARY ELECTION CONTEST AND CANDIDATES REPULICAN PRIMARY ELECTION FOR UNITED STATES PRESIDENT JEB BUSH TED CRUZ RICK SANTORUM MIKE HUCKABEE BEN CARSON CARLY FIORINA BOBBY JINDAL GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE DONALD J TRUMP MARCO RUBIO RAND PAUL LINDSEY GRAHAM JOHN R KASICH *** DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY ELECTION FOR UNITED STATES PRESIDENT HILLARY CLINTON JAMES VALENTINE BERNIE SANDERS JOHN WOLFE MARTIN J O’MALLEY ROQUE “ROCKY” DE LA FUENTE *** REPUBLICAN PRIMARY FOR UNITED STATES SENATE SENATOR JOHN BOOZMAN CURTIS COLEMAN *** DEMOCRATIC CANDIATES FOR JUSTICE OF THE PEACE DISTRICT 1 DEBORAH FARROW VICKIE MILES-ROBERTSON DISTRICT 5 SHABAKA AFRIKA TYRONE MCWRIGHT DISTRICT 7 JOHN MOORE RONALD MARCONI KYLE K WATKINS DISTRICT 10 JIMMY FRALEY DOROTHY COOPER DISTRICT 13 DANNY JEROME BARLOW LORENZO DESHA PARKER *** CRITTENDEN COUNTY CORONER, DEMOCRAT EMILY BURNETT CORONER WILLIAM “BILL” WOLFE *** CRITTENDEN COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT CLERK DEMOCRAT LISA MARIE TURNER CIRCUIT CLERK, TERRY HAWKINS *** NON PARTISAN JUDICIAL ELECTION FOR CIRCUIT JUDGE DISTRICT 2 DIVISION 6 SUBDISTRICT 2.1 TONYA ALEXANDER CURTIS WALKER JR *** NONPARTISAN JUDICIAL ELECTION FOR STATE SUPREME COURT CHIEF JUSTICE POSITION 1 STATE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE COURTNEY GOODSON JUDGE DAN KEMP *** NONPARTISAN JUDICIAL ELECTION FOR STATE SUPREME COURT ASSOCIATE JUSTICE POSITION 5 CLARK W MASON JUDGE SHAWN A WOMACK *** UNOPPOSED REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES CONGRESSMAN RICK CRAWFORD, U. S. CONGRESS DISTRICT 1; ALBERT LEO MARCONI, JUSTICE OF THE PEACE DISTRICT 2; *** UNOPPOSED DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES FOR OFFICE CONNER ELDRIDGE, U. S. SENATE; REPRESENTATIVE MILTON NICKS JR., STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 50; REPRESENTATIVE DEBORAH FERGUSON, STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 51; REPRESENTATIVE MONTE HODGES, STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 55; WOODY WHEELESS, COUNTY JUDGE; ASSESSOR KIM HOLLOWELL, COUNTY ASSESSOR; MIKE ALLEN, SHERIFF; COUNTY CLERK, PAULA BROWN, COUNTY CLERK; COLLECTOR, ELLEN S. FOOTE, TAX COLLECTOR; TREASURER, CHARLES SUITER, JR. COUNTY TREASURER; JUSTICE HUBERT BASS, JUSTICE OF THE PEACE DISTICT3; STACY ALLEN, JUSTICE OF THE PEACE DISTRICT 4; CLAUDE R. “SHORTY” STEELE, JUSTICE OF THE PEACE DISTRICT 6; KENNETH CROSS, JUSTICE OF THE PEACE DISTRICT 9; LISA VICKERS O’NEAL, JUSTICE OF THE PEACE DISTRICT 11; RONNIE STURCH, JUSTICE OF THE PEACE DISTRICT 12; RODNEY DAVIS, CONSTABLE, BLACK OAK; MICHAEL RAY BASS, CONSTABLE, PROCTOR; BILLY THOMEN, CONSTABLE, LUCAS; EDDIE C. WEST, CONSTABLE, MISSISSIPPI TOWNSHIP; GARY RAY KELLEY, CONSTABLE, JASPER; STEVE JOHNSON, CONSTABLE, JACKSON. *** UNOPPOSED NONPARTISAN CANDIDATES FOR OFFICE DISTRICT JUDGE FRED THORNE, STATE DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT 21; RICHARD LUSBY, CIRCUIT JUDGE, DISTRICT 2 DIVISION 2, AT LARGE; *** ORDINANCE NO. 2015-18 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE NO 2015-7 IN ORDER TO AUTHORIZE THE NET COLLECTIONS OF THE 1% SALES AND USE TAX LEVIED FOR A FIVE (5) YEAR PERIOD WITHIN CRITTENDEN COUNTY, ARKANSAS BY ORDINANCE NO 2015-7 TO BE USED TO CONSTRUCT AND EQUIP A NEW MEDICAL SURGICAL HOSPITAL FACILITY IN THE COUNTY OR TO PAY AND SECURE BONDS ISSUED BY THE COUNTY AND APPROVED BY THE VOTERS TO FINANCE ALL OR A PORTION OF THE COSTS OF SUCH CONSTRUCTION AND EQUIPPING, OR BOTH, AND , TO THE EXTENT COLLECTIONS OF THE TAX ARE AVAILABLE , TO PAY COSTS OF INSURANCE ON, UTILITIES FOR, MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS OF, AND PROPERTY AND AD VALOREM TAXES ON, THE NEW HOSPITAL, AS WELL AS THE COST OF CERTAIN HEALTH CARE-RELATED SERVICES TO BE PROVIDED BY THE NEW HOSPITAL THAT ARE CONTRACTED FOR BY THE BAPTIST MEMORIAL HEALTH CARE CORPORATIONS ON BEHALF OF THE COUNTY; AND PRESCRIBING OTHER MATTERS PERTAINING THERETO. HOSPITAL BONDS ISSUANCE OF BONDS OF CRITTENDEN COUNTY IN THE MAXIMUM AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF $25,150,000 FOR THE PURPOSE OF FINANCING ALL OR A PORTION OF THE COSTS OF THE CONSTRUCTION AND EQUIPPING OF A NEW MEDICAL SURGICAL HOSPITAL FACILITY (THE”NEW HOSPITAL”). THE NEW HOSPITAL WILL BE LEASED TO BAPTIST MEMORIAL HEALTH CARE CORPORATION, A TENNESSEE NONPORFIT CORPORATION, OR AN AFFILIATE THEREOF (“BAPTIST”). BAPTIST WILL HAVE THE OPTION TO PURCHASE THE NEW HOSPITAL FOR NOMINAL CONSIDERATION ON OR AFTER THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE OPENING OF THE NEW HOSPITAL IN EXCHANGE FOR BAPTIST’S AGREEMENT TO OPERATE THE NEW HOSPITAL FOR 15 YEARS AFTER BAPTIST PURCHASES THE NEW HOSPITAL. THE BONDS WILL BE SECURED BY A PLEDGE AS COLLATERAL OF THE COLLECTIONS RECEIVED BY THE COUNTY FROM THE LOCAL 1% SALES AND USE TAX CURRENTLY LEVIED WITH THE COUNTY FOR A FIVE (5) YEAR PERIOD BY ORDINANCE NO. 2015-7, AS AMENDED. THAT PORTION OF SUCH TAX COLLECTIONS NOT USED FOR THE PAYMENT OF THE BONDS MAY BE USED FOR OTHER PURPOSES APPROVED BY THE VOTERS. THE BONDS MAY BE ISSUED AT ONE TIME OR IN SERIES FROM TIME TO TIME. PROCEEDS OF THE BONDS MAY FUND A DEBT SERVICE RESERVE AND PAY EXPENSES OF ISSUING THE BONDS. IF THE BONDS ARE APPROVED, THE COUNTY MAY, PRIOR TO THE ISSUANCE OF THE BONDS, OBTAIN SUCH INTERIM FINANCING AS PERMITTED BY ARKANASAS LAW.

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