It was a busy Election Night on Tuesday as Arkansas voters decided the political fates of multiple North of the River candidates.
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One closely watched race was for Prosecuting Attorney for Pulaski and Perry counties.
Winning was North Little Rock’s Will Jones, above, a former deputy Arkansas Attorney General and currently a prosecuting attorney in Jefferson County. Jones defeated Alicia “Lisa” Walton in a race that wasn’t decided until late into the night on Tuesday.
Election resultsWill Jones ... 30,033 ... 53.34%Alicia 'Lisa' Walton ... 26,270 ... 46.66%Votes Cast ... 56,303
Will Jones ... 30,033 ... 53.34%
Alicia 'Lisa' Walton ... 26,270 ... 46.66%
Votes Cast ... 56,303
Jones is married to North Little Rock Judge Paula Juels Jones and he and his family have been fixtures in the North Little Rock Community for decades now.
The best news about this race is that your mailbox will no longer be clogged with flyers from Jones and Walton as spending to replace a retiring Larry Jegley topped six figures for both candidates.
Also winning on the judicial election side was Wendy Scholtens Wood, who defeated Stephanie Casady for the Court of Appeals seat that serves Pulaski, Saline and Perry counties or District 6, Position 2. It was the narrowest of margins as Wood won 50.08 percent of the vote for a winning margin of 126.
Woods, a 6–foot-4 former professional basketball player and All-American at Vanderbilt, became a familiar figure as her campaign signs featured her with a basketball and appeared to be life-sized.
Election resultsJudge Stephanie Casady ... 37,882 ... 49.92%Wendy Wood ... 38,008 ... 50.08%Votes Cast ... 75,890
Judge Stephanie Casady ... 37,882 ... 49.92%
Wendy Wood ... 38,008 ... 50.08%
Votes Cast ... 75,890
Moving back to the primary. Maumelle State Rep. Mark Lowery, who was term-limited from running again for the House, won the state-wide Republican primary for state Treasurer. Lowery handily won by almost 75 percent in his race against state Sen. Matthew Pitsch of Fort Smith.
On the Democratic side, Maumelle’s Josh Price lost his Primary to Anna Beth Gorman for Secretary of State, 59 to 41 percent.
Election resultsState TreasurerState Representative Mark Lowery ... 238,144 ... 74.79%Senator Mathew W. Pitsch ... 80,257 ... 25.21%Votes Cast ... 318,401Secretary of State Anna Beth Gorman ... 52,548 ... 58.59%Josh Price ... 37,135 ... 41.41%Votes Cast ... 89,683
State Representative Mark Lowery ... 238,144 ... 74.79%
Senator Mathew W. Pitsch ... 80,257 ... 25.21%
Votes Cast ... 318,401
Secretary of State
Anna Beth Gorman ... 52,548 ... 58.59%
Josh Price ... 37,135 ... 41.41%
Votes Cast ... 89,683
Overall, state-wide turnout was at not quite 26 percent with 455,743 ballots cast out of 1,762,024 registered voters with Sarah Sanders and Chris Jones winning respectively, the Republican and Democratic primaries for governor. While Sen. John Boozman and U.S. Rep. French Hill prevailed in their Republican primaries. As did Jonesboro’s Rick Crawford, who now represents a portion of Pulaski County.
Tuesday night was also a bad night for the Bequettes as “Joke Briquette” lost to Boozman in the Senate race and his now banned from Twitter uncle, Chris, lost to Leslie Rutledge in the lieutenant governor’s race.
Tuesday results also mean, for the first time in a long time, Wheel watchers won’t have to mute the TV during the endless campaign ads.
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