Ashley County citizens stepped up the early voting this year and managed to cast 7,911 ballots despite concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Crossett residents decided three city council seats.

Ward 2 Position 2 will be held by Chris Gill who brought in 1,211 of the 1,951 votes cast.

Cary Lee Carter will fill the Ward 3 Position 1 seat after winning roughly 60 percent of 1,942 ballots.

Ward 3 Position 2 will complete the council with 1,112 votes cast for James Knight as opposed to 830 for Christopher Friedman.

Fountain Hill filled the Ward 1 Position 1 alderman seat with Loretta Woods, the recipient of 36 of the 59 ballots.

Parkdale voters filled the council’s Ward 1 Position 1 seat with Raymon Smith who won 61 of the 91 ballots. They also decided on the proposed 1 percent sales and use tax with 52 votes for and 39 votes against. 

Contests were held for state-level races as well with the State Senate District 26 seat going to Ben Gilmore who totaled 17,696 votes compared to Sen. Eddie Cheatham who garnered 11,748 votes. 

District 9 state representative will be Howard Beaty after he won 52.32 percent of the 10,186 ballots.

The state representative for District 11 race went to Mark McElroy whose 4,843 votes won 50.33 percent of the 9,622 votes cast over Rep. Don Glover’s 4,779 votes.

The District 8 seat went to Rep. Jeffrey R. Wardlaw who received 6,935 votes compared to Christopher Ogburn’s 3,023.

Crews Puryear won the non-partisan judicial election over James Hamilton with 9,199 of the 16,974 total votes.

Complete results were not available at press time in federal-level races but local voters made their preferences known.

Ashley County cast 7,739 ballots in the contest for the US Senate seat with 5,793 going to Sen. Tom Cotton and 1,946 going to Ricky Dale Harrington, Jr. Statewide voting also went to Cotton who at 97 percent counted had received 765,751 of 1,148,883 votes, roughly 66.65 percent.

US Congress District 04 remained with Rep. Bruce Westerman with his 187,145 votes compared to William Hanson’s 73,843 and Frank Gilbert’s 7,480.

Local votes favored presidential and vice presidential candidates Donald Trump and Mike Pence over all others with 5,540 ballots. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris received 2,119 votes locally. Statewide numbers went the same way with Trump/Pence winning 734,301 votes to Biden/Harris’s 405,209.

Local reaction to this year’s referred amendments mirrored statewide opinions with local voters casting 4,795 for and 2,982 against ballots for Issue 1 which would make permanent a one half percent sales and use tax for roadways; 4,280 for and 3,412 against for Issue 2 regarding term limits; and 3,434 for and 4,156 against Issue 3 which would change the process for initiated acts. At 97 percent of statewide votes counted Issue 1 received 55.28 percent for; Issue 2 received 55.31 percent for; and Issue 3 received 55.95 percent against.

Counts remain unofficial until verified by the election commission.

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