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Seven fresh names filed for candidacy for the upcoming 2024 elections for various seats in Mountain Home and Baxter County. Candidacy filings officially opened up at noon on Monday and will close at noon on Tuesday, Nov 14.
Six incumbents also filed their paperwork with the Baxter County Clerk’s office.
For the Mountain Home School Board, Mollie Morgan filed her paperwork for position 5. The seat is currently held by Bill Wehmeyer. Morgan recently announced her candidacy a couple of weeks ago. Jason Schmeski, the incumbent for position 7, has also filed.
At Cotter Public Schools, Russell Duggins has filed for candidacy for position 4. He is currently the incumbent.
Fresh names have tossed their name in for Justice of the Peace (JP) on Baxter County’s Quorum Court.
Mike McDonald, a Republican, has filed for JP District 2. Johnny Rickman, a Democrat, has also filed for District 2. Angela DeGroote currently holds this seat and will not be seeking re-election.
Lisa House, a Republican, who currently serves as Mountain Home Public Schools’ Board of Education President, has filed for JP District 6. House announced her candidacy back in October. Tink Albright will not be running for re-election and instead is eyeing Arkansas State House District 4.
In District 7, Charles Osgood will defend his seat against Robert (Bob) Nault in the Republican primary.
Eddie Griffin, a Republican, filed for JP District 8. Griffin is the Police Chief for the City of Mountain Home and announced his candidacy earlier in October. Roger Steele currently holds the seat and is not running for re-election.
Ezra Roberts, a Republican, filed for JP District 11. Ty Chapman will not be seeking re-election for his seat.
Douglas Stephens, a Republican, filed for Constable District 1.
Candidates must file their paperwork before the deadline on Tuesday, Nov 14 at noon. Candidates who are not incumbents must file their statement of financial interests (SFI) by Monday, Nov 20. None of the fresh candidates have filed their SFIs at the time of writing.
Incumbent office holders must file their annual SFI by January 31, 2024.
The primary election is on March 5, 2024. Early voting begins on February 20, 2024.