Southeast Arkansas mirrored the state Tuesday night giving Democrat Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson the nod in the governor primary races. Ross, a former congressman, defeated Lynette Bryant, while Hutchinson, also a former congressman, defeated Little Rock businessman Curtis Coleman.
In local races, Leonard Hogg defeated Kenneth ‘Bubba’ Davis in the Lincoln County Sheriff’s race; Lisa McGehee defeated Barbara Searcy Garrison in the Lincoln County Treasurer’s race; Steve Hartshorn defeated Keith Medders in the Ashley County Coroner’s race; Corliss McCain defeated James L. Austin in the Ashley County Justice of the Peace District 1 race; Joni Cannatella defeated Carla Curtis in the Chicot County Treasurer’s race; Gail Seamans defeated Gwen Carbage Smith in the Chicot County Collector’s race; Jo Dan Yee defeated Barbara Esters-Townsend in the Chicot County Assessor’s race; Skyler King defeated Kenny Culpepper in the Chicot County Coroner’s race; Valerie Donaldson defeated Beth Fuller Moncrief in the Desha County Clerk’s race; Teresa Polite defeated Robbie Doherty in the Desha County Justice of the Peace District 8 race; in Drew County, Curley Jackson, Sr. defeated Nodgy Lee Merritt in the Wilmar Mayor’s race and Judy King defeated Charles T. Rodgers by the narrowest of margins in the Cleveland County Justice of the Peace District 9 race. With all precincts reporting, the unofficial result was King 82 — Rodgers 81.
Cleveland County also had a sales tax measure on the ballot. The voters approved a two-cent sales tax increase with nearly 70 percent of the voters voting for the tax hike. The election was held in conjunction with the county’s 2014 primary election. The new tax, which does not have a sunset clause, will eliminate the county residents’ current quarterly solid waste bills.