Early voting across Pulaski County began on Monday and plenty of people are taking advantage.
As on Wednesday evening, Pulaski County Clerk Terri Hollingsworth reported a total of 17,344 people had voted.
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Hollingsworth, on her Twitter account, noted that in 2018, the first three days saw 17,664 vote early. So the numbers are closely tracking in the non-Presidential election cycles.
Early voting continues through Monday, Nov. 7 with Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Polling sites in Maumelle and North Little Rock include:
The Jess Odom Community Center
The main branch of Laman Library, 2801 Orange St., North Little Rock
The Glenview Community Center, 4800 E. 19th St., North Little Rock
Those polling places open at 10 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. during the week. On Saturday, polls open at 10 a.m. and close at 4 p.m.
The last day to vote early is Saturday, Nov. 5.
The only early voting location on Monday, Nov. 7 is the Pulaski County Regional Building in downtown North Little Rock.
There’s been plenty of focus on the race for Maumelle mayor, Pulaski County sheriff, State Representative District 71 and Maumelle Ward 2. Those races were the ones featured at last week’s Maumelle Candidate Forum.
But, there’s other races out there of interest to North of the River residents.
In Pulaski County, incumbent School Board member Lindsey Gustafson drew an opponent in Wendy Potter in Zone 5, that covers portions of Maumelle as well as rural North Pulaski County.
Gustafson currently serves as the School Board president and is also the associate dean at Bowen School of Law at UALR.
Potter, who has never held elected office, has been active in Republican Party politics in Pulaski County. She’s also a member of the PCSSD Patriot Parents group on Facebook. As one might think, the group is opposed to things like mask mandates and have a heavy emphasis on parental rights.
In North Little Rock, there’s two City Council seats with races as Ward 2, Position 2 has a race between incumbent Linda Robinson and opponent Nicole Hart, while Ward 4, Position 2 has a race between incumbent Jane Ginn and challenger Vince Insalaco III.
Robinson has served on the council for decades, while Ginn is seeking her second term.
Ginn also ran and lost against Murry Witcher in 2014.
Insalaco is a familiar name at least as his namesake and father Vince Insalaco II has been active in Democratic Party politics since before his son was born.
And while Sherwood is Sherwood, there’s a fascinating four-way Mayoral race between incumbent Mayor Virginia Hillman Young, Council Member Mary Jo Heye-Townsell along with Brett Johnson and Shane Foster.
Heye-Townsell is a long-time Council member and might be better known as the swim coach for the dominant Sherwood Sharks program, while also coaching her children who were Olympic swimming team contenders. She’s also married to Tab Townsell, the former mayor of Conway and who now serves as the executive director of Metroplan.
On the legislative side., State Sen. Jane English is running for yet another term but in the newly redrawn District 13.
She has opponents in Democratic Party candidate Allison Grigsby Sweatman and Noah Jones, a Libertarian.
As Neal Moore noted last week, English is the presumptive favorite.
There’s also two races for Congress.
The most obvious is District 2, where U.S. Rep. French Hill is running for another term against Quintessa Hathaway and Michael White, who are, respectively, a Democrat and Libertarian.
Also, because the State Legislature worked hard earlier this year to protect Hill’s chances, some voters along the eastern edge of Pulaski County have a choice between U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford and current State Rep. Monte Hodges for the District 1 that had previously and traditionally covered northeast Arkansas. The new map of the district extends down the Mississippi River to the state line with Louisiana.
Crawford claims Jonesboro as hometown, while Hodges hails from Blytheville.
There’s quite a few unopposed candidates for North of the River.
Ones of interest include:
Maumelle City Attorney: Andrew Thornton
Maumelle City Clerk: Tina Timmons
Maumelle Council Member Ward 2 Pos. 2: Council Member Chad Gardner
Maumelle Council Member Ward 3 Pos. 2: Michael Tierney
Maumelle Council Member Ward 4 Pos. 2: Jessie B. Holt
North Little Rock City Attorney: City Attorney Amy Fields
North Little Rock Council Member Ward 1, Pos. 2: Debi Ross
North Little Rock Council Member Ward 3, Pos. 2: Council Member Steve Baxter