Run off elections in Crawford, Sebastian and Washington counties resulted in a new judge and sheriff in Crawford County, and a tight race between Republicans Patrick Deakins and Mark Scales in the GOP primary for Washington County Judge.
The winner between Deakins and Scalise will face Democrat Josh Moody in November. Following was the posted election result in the race as of 9:30 p.m.
Washington County Judge
Patrick Deakins: 2,623 (49.63%)
Mark Scales 2,605 (49.29%)
In Washington County, the Republican race for county judge was the only county race to see a run off. The following Washington County Republicans are unopposed in the November general election: Assessor Russell Hill; Circuit Clerk Kyle Sylvester; County Tax Collector Angela Wood; County Clerk Becky Lewallen; and County Treasurer Bobby Hill.
The election saw another unsuccessful return by Ken Blevins in Sebastian County. Blevins (322 votes) was soundly defeated by Lora Rice (1,991 votes) in the GOP primary for Sebastian County Treasurer/Collector.
Blevins was defeated in a May 2012 GOP primary by Coomer for Circuit Clerk. The defeat ended a controversial term by Blevins that included numerous sexual harassment accusations and lawsuits. In 2018 Blevins would run as a Democrat for Sebastian County Judge, and was defeated by Mosie Boyd in the Democratic primary. Blevins will face Charity Gregory and Lora Rice in the GOP primary for Treasurer/Collector.
Sebastian County Treasurer/Collector
Ken Blevins: 322 (14%)
Lora Rice: 1,991 (86%)
Sebastian County Clerk Sharon Brooks, a Republican, ran unopposed, as did Republican County Assessor Zach Johnson and Republican Sheriff Hobe Runion III. County Coroner Kenny Hobbs, also a Republican, is unopposed.
Crawford County had three top county races go to run-off races. Following are the results in Republican races, with those elected not facing opposition in November. No Democrats filed for top county positions in Crawford County.
• County Judge
Chris Keith: 2,609 (55%)
Raymond Harvey: 2,130 (45%)
• County Sheriff
Daniel Perry: 2,705 (57%)
Shannon Gregory: 2,074 (43%)
• County Clerk
Stacey Shelley: 2,385 (52%)
Tim Walker: 2,242 (48%)