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Earle council runoff today


Earle council runoff today

Johnson, Hurst vie for Ward 4, Position 2 seat

While the Crittenden County Election Commission certified the results of the Nov. 8 election, residents of Earle will still have one more opportunity to go to the polls in 2016.

Sarah Johnson and Tyrone Hurst are vying for the Ward 4, Seat 2 position on the Earle City Council in a runoff election tonight.

Challenger Hurst outpolled the incumbent Johnson, 90 to 69, in a three-way race that also included challeger Robert Udell, who received 50 votes.

Polls will open at 7:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.

St. Luke Baptist Church in Earle is the only polling site that will be open for the runoff. Votes will be tallied at the Crittenden County Election Commission office in the County Office Building adjacent to the Crittenden County Courthouse in Marion.

Earle residents will also be heading to the polls early in the new year as well, as the city will need to elect a new mayor.

Another result of the recent election was the recall of Mayor Carolyn Jones.

Earle voters gave Jones a vote of “no confidence” on Nov. 8, by a vote of 522 to 239. Following Monday’s certification, the Earle City Council held a special meeting Tuesday and passed an ordinance officially declaring a vacancy and also one calling for a special election, which will be held in early 2017. The council appointed Councilman Robert Malone to act as interim mayor until the election.

Jones was informed that she has five days to turn her keys in to city officials.

By Mark Randall

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