Monday, November 13, 2006

TOP STORY >> Three runoffs in Lonoke County

IN SHORT: Alderman, mayor and constable races won’t be settled until Nov. 28, when a runoff will take place to decide the winners.

Leader staff writer

Early voting starts Monday in three Lonoke County races that won’t be settled until after the Nov. 28 runoff election, according to Jean McCanliss, chairman of the county election commission.

In the race for Lonoke’s District 4 alderman, Kenneth Pasley, the Democrat, and independent Wendell Walker will resolve a virtual dead heat. Pasley received 64 votes (35 percent), Walker got 63 votes (34 percent) and Republican Robert Bob Combs got 58 votes.

Austin Mayor Bernie Chamberlain got 105 votes in a three-way race, but at 44 percent of the votes cast, she faces a runoff against Barry D. Weathers II, who got 85 votes, or 35 percent. Jeremy C. Reed got 51 votes.

In the constable’s race for Ward Township, Mike Reveley-R received 284 votes, Michael E. Kindall-D got 259 votes and independent James W. Williams Sr. got 117 votes.

Samuel Smith was voted county surveyor, not coroner as previously reported.

Early voting will be possible only at the Lonoke County Courthouse and on election day, there will be one polling place open in Austin, Lonoke and in Ward Township, McCanliss said.

All early voting will be at the Lonoke County Courthouse from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. weekdays through Nov. 27, but closed Nov. 23-26 for Thanksgiving, McCanliss said.

Voting on Nov. 28 will be from 7:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the following three locations:

- The Austin Station Baptist Church, 1482 E. Main St., Austin.

- The Lonoke Depot, 102 front St., Lonoke.

- The Ward Chamber of Commerce, 80 W. 2nd. St., Ward.