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Newport Independent - Newport, AR
  • Turner, Dickinson, Bryant earn primary victories

  • In the lone county-wide election during Tuesday evening’s Arkansas Primary elections, local voters solidly backed the incumbent, Lisa Turner, as she faced a stiff battle from Janet Joslin.

    Turner, who is completing her first term after working under previous clerk Pam Graham for many years, received 1,193 votes (70.09 percent) to Joslin’s 509 votes (29.91 percent).

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  • In the lone county-wide election during Tuesday evening’s Arkansas Primary elections, local voters solidly backed the incumbent, Lisa Turner, as she faced a stiff battle from Janet Joslin.
    Turner, who is completing her first term after working under previous clerk Pam Graham for many years, received 1,193 votes (70.09 percent) to Joslin’s 509 votes (29.91 percent).
    The only other contested race inside the county was the race for the Bird Township City Council race where incumbent Jarrod Bowen was upset by Donnie Ivie.
    Ivie (52.96 percent) received 152 votes to Bowen’s 135 votes, or 47.04 percent.
    In races with Jackson County ties, Newport’s Jody Dickinson carried the county in overwhelming fashion for State Representative seat 47, a newly reformed district following the 2010 census.
    Dickinson received 902 votes (81.41 percent) in Jackson County to her opponent’s, Wm. Burl Simmons’, 206 votes (18.59 percent).
    The race tightened up considerably throughout the remainder of the voting district but Dickinson proved victorious in her re-election bid.  She faces no opponent in the November General Election.
    Longtime Jackson County resident L.J. Bryant was successful in earning the democratic bid for the newly created District 55 seat as he defeated Todd Wilcox 347-235 in Jackson County.
    Bryant will face Republican John Hutchinson in November.
    According to Jackson County Clerk Melanie Clark, one race will result in a runoff June 12 with Clark Hall who garnered 40.95 percent of the votes in Jackson County (647) will square off with Scott Ellington who collected 789 or 49.94 percent of the vote.
    Clark notes that early voting for the runoff will get underway Tuesday, June 5.
    Just under 20 percent of the county’s registered voters took to the polls Tuesday.

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