Early voting for the primary election in Montgomery County will begin next week on Tuesday, May 9. Early voting takes place at the Montgomery County Courthouse Annex Building located at 117 Ray Drive in Mount Ida.
Early voting hours will be from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on both Saturdays. Early voting will end Monday, May 23, at 5 p.m.
This year’s primary election will be a busy one with most of the local elected positions posting multiple candidates. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s race is the most crowded with five candidates vying for the top LEO position in the county. Candidates include Wade Coffman, Greg Harmon, Neal Thomas, Andrew Thompson, and Jerry Don Wheeler. With all five candidates running on the Republican ticket the race will be decided in the May primary election.
In fact, with all of the local candidates running as either a member of the Republican Party, or as an Independent, none of the local elections will appear on the Democratic Party ballot.
The Montgomery County Clerk’s Race features two candidates. Incumbent Penny Black faces challenger Regina Powell. Both are running as Republicans.
The Montgomery County Judge’s race will be decided in November with Bart Williams running as a Republican and Vance Wright running as an Independent.
The other races to be decided in November will be the Constable South position with Brandon Vines running as a Republican and Monte Coffman running as an Independent, and the Justice of the Peace District Two with incumbent Mike Dobbs running as a Republican and challenger Tommy Beshears running as an Independent.
JP races to appear on the May ballot include: District One – Incumbent Johnette Rowland and challenger Susan James, District Three – Incumbent Matt Rae and challenger Gary Spier, District Six – Incumbent Melissa Powell and challenger Debbie Bean, District Seven – Incumbent Linda Jester, challengers Nathan Howell and Eddie McGrew, District Eight – Incumbent Terry Black and challenger Tonya Roberts.
Mount Ida has one contested School Board position. Incumbent Stacy Sigman will face challenger Shelly Mayberry for the Position Three seat.
The Primary Election will be held Tuesday, May 24 from 7:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.
Voting Centers include: Mount Tabor Church, Lake Ouachita Baptist Church, Montgomery County Annex, Norman City Hall and Pencil Bluff Fire Station.
An updated notice of election will run in a future issue of the Montgomery County News before the primary election to be held May 24.