Laurie Bridwell won the District 10, Division 2 circuit judge position after securing 52.3 percent of votes cast in the three candidate race last week.

In all five of the counties the 10th JDC covers, 12,872 people cast votes, of which Bridewell received 6,732. Her opponents split the remainder of the vote, with Priscilla Abernathy receiving 2,137 and Frank Spain garnering 4,003 votes. 

In Ashley County Bridewell received 1,994 votes, Abernathy received 491 and Spain 1,238. Bridewell and Spain ran close races in Drew, Bradley and Ashley counties, but in Chicot County Bridewell had 1,629 votes to Spain’s 317 and in Desha County she had 1002 to his 588.

The 10th JDC’s Division 1 race will go on to a runoff between Crossett’s City Attorney James Hamilton and Prosecuting Attorney Crews Puryear. Of the 8,460 votes cast in the five counties, Puryear received 3,973 of those for 46.96 percent of the vote. 

Hamilton had 2,690 votes and Tim Leonard received 1,797. In Ashley County Leonard and Hamilton were close in number with Hamilton receiving 1,157 votes and Leonard receiving 902 votes. Puryear received 772 votes in Ashley County.

In the only strictly Ashley County race on the ballot, Rickey Nelms won the Justice of the Peace District 3 race with 179 votes to his opponent Sherri Nowlin Breshears’s total of 143 votes.

On the Republican primary ticket, Ben Gilmore won Ashley County by a landslide in the State Senate District 26 race, but also took approximately 51 percent of the total votes.

Gilmore received 1,727 Ashley County votes and his opponent Bill Dunklin received 736. In Bradley County Gilmore received 456 votes to Dunklin’s 430, and Cleveland County saw Gilmore receive 295 and Dunklin 227. Dunklin led in the remaining counties, taking 839 votes to Gilmore’s 763 in Drew County and 444 to Gilmore’s 250 in Chicot County. Dunklin had 417 votes to Gilmore’s 135 in Deshea County. Dunklin received 605 votes in Lincoln County and Gilmore took 270, making the grand totals 3,896 for Gilmore and 3,700 for Dunklin.

In the nominating contest for the U.S. Presidential race, Sen. Bernie Sanders received 252 votes in Ashley County, which was 20.88 percent of the Democratic vote. Michael Bloomberg had 11 percent with a total of 133 votes. Former Vice President Joe Biden led Ashley County’s Democratic race with 633 votes.

President Donald Trump received 2,452 on the Republican ticket for 98.67 percent of the Republican votes cast in Ashley County. Bill Weld received 22 votes and Roque ‘Rocky’ De La Fuente received 11.

In the State Supreme Court Associate Justice race, Barbara Womack Webb received 50 percent of the votes in Ashley County over her opponent Judge Morgan ‘Chip’ Welch, who received 49 percent. 

Webb won the race with 53.61 percent of the entire state to Welch’s 46.39 percent.

In the Court of Appeals Associate Judge District 5 race, Court of Appeals Judge Mark Klappenbach won Ashley County with 55 percent of the total votes to his opponent James McMenis’s 44.78 percent. He won state voting with 67.37 percent to McMenis’s 32.63 percent of votes.

A representative from the Ashley County Election Commission specified at press time that the Ashley County numbers were unofficial until verified by the state.

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