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These are stories related to the 2022 election.

Both open Jonesboro City Council seats to see three-way races in November


Two open seats on the Jonesboro City Council will each see a three-way race in November as the filing period for people seeking a municipal office or a school board seat closed on August 10 in Arkansas.

The Jonesboro Sun reports that Position 1 council members Charles Frierson of Ward 1 and Bobby Long of Ward 6 had announced that they were not seeking re-election. Kier Heyl, Janice Porter, and Guy Pardew Jr. filed to fill Frireson's seat in Ward 1; while Derrick P. Coleman, Larry Hager, and Dr. Anthony D. Coleman are seeking Long's seat in Ward 6.

Meanwhile, council member Ann Williams will face Linda R. Denny for the Ward 3, position 1 seat. Jonesboro voters in May approved an ordinance that allows only the position 1 seats on the city council to be elected by the Ward they represent.

In other elections in Craighead County, police chief Paul Keith, city council member Philip Vanwinkle, and city clerk-treasurer Sandi Ladd Griffin are all running for Mayor of Bay. This comes as current Bay Mayor Darrel Kirby filed for a city council seat.

Lake City Mayor Cameron Tate is expected to face Chad Moddy, while Kalya Sain and Jackie Davis Jr are seeking to fill council member Danny Dunigan's seat for Ward 3, position 2. Dunigan is not seeking re-election.

In Brookland, Ward 3, position 1 council member Martin Crain is expected to run against David Loggins in November.

Meanwhile, the Valley View School Board will see a race for the Zone 1 seat between incumbent Todd Reed and Eric Hanes. Zone 4 Board member Brant Tosh is expected to face Christy McKeel, while Tyler Watkins and Shane Bray will compete for the Zone 5 seat.

A Northeast Arkansas native from Wynne, I’ve been involved with radio for about 15 years. I got my Bachelor of Arts degree from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, where I also served as an award-winning News Director for 2 years at KSWH-LP.