Leader Blues

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

TOP STORY >> Elections for board members Tuesday

By JOAN MCCOY
Leader staff writer

School board elections across the state are Tuesday and the Beebe School District has the most candidates for one position of schools in The Leader coverage area.

In Beebe, Sherril Strayhorn’s at-large position on the board is up for election. Four people, two men — Herman Blackmon and Johnny Black — and two women — Janet L. Warner and Lucy Mahoney — have filed to run for the seat.
On the Searcy School Board, Phillip R. Williams, incumbent, Position 2, is opposed by Ken Madden.
In the Pulaski County Special School District, Ronnie Calva is running unopposed for the Position 4 seat vacated by Don Baker, who left to work for the U.S. State Department. Jeff Shaneyfelt is running unopposed for his position, which covers the West Little Rock area.

For the Lonoke School Board, Neil Bennett Jr. has no opposition for the Zone 3, Position 6 seat he currently holds.

Jimmy Threet is running unopposed for the Zone 2, Position 1 seat held by Miles Ray Lilly, who is not running again, and Kevin McKenzie is unopposed for the Zone 4, Position 5 seat formerly held by Billy Fletcher, then held by his widow Julia Fletcher

In the Cabot School District, Steven Blackwood, the incumbent in Position 4, drew last-minute opposition from Wendel Msall.

In the Carlisle School District, three of the seven races for are in contention.
Terry McCallie and Samantha Jennings are running for Zone 3; Jeff Daniels and David Herring for Zone 6 and Blake Swears and Kyle Moery for Zone 7.

Running unopposed are: Bryan Oliger in Zone 1; Brian W. Cunningham in Zone 2; Debbie Reid in Zone 4 and Albert E. Kelly in Zone 5.

Two candidates filed in the England School District, Carroll West in Zone 2 and Jason Willard in Zone 3.
If no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote, a runoff election will be held Tuesday, Oct. 11.