Leader Blues

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

TOP STORY >> Ballot positions for race

By GARRICK FELDMAN
Leader editor-in-chief

Jacksonville mayoral candidates drew for ballot positions at the Pulaski County Election Commission on Tuesday.

Bill Shelley, a former Jackson-ville police officer, drew the No. 1 spot. But he intends to drop out of the race and will officially notify the commission about his decision to quit the race.

Shelley said he intends to endorse Alderman Gary Fletcher.

The rest of the ballot for the May 12 special election will be in this order:

– Tommy Dupree.
– Jody L. Urquhart
– Beckie Brooks
– Gary W. Fletcher
– Kenny Elliott
– Randy (Doc) Rhodd

They’re seeking to replace Tommy Swaim, who is retiring July 1 after running the city for 22 years. Swaim, who has held the office since 1987, will retire in the middle of his term.

An expected run-off election would be held Tuesday, June 2.

Dupree is a developer. Jody Urquhart is a Farm Bureau area manager. Brooks is a longtime realtor.

Elliott, like Fletcher, is an aldermen. Rhodd heads the Family Motorcyle Ministry.