Three-man race for mayor, 4 contested council races in ES

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Eureka Springs voters will have some decisions to make as they go to the polls for the November general election.

Mayor Butch Berry is seeking re-election against two challengers, and there are four contested City Council races.

Theodore Cottingham and Mike Seals are the challengers aiming to unseat Berry, who is seeking a second term as the city’s top official.

Two of the contested city council races include incumbents seeking re-election. Longtime alderman Terry McClung is being challenged by Joyce Knowles, while incumbent Melissa Greene is being challenged by former alderman James DeVito. Sara Mayes also filed as a candidate for Greene's seat, but election coordinator Sherry Cochrane said Tuesday that election officials were unable to certify enough signatures from registered voters to include Mayes' name on the ballot. Eric Knowles and Harry Meyer are candidates for another council seat, while another seat is up for grabs between Caitlin Branaman, Susan Harman and Tracy Johnson. Alderwoman Mickey Schneider and alderman Bob Thomas are unopposed in their re-election bids.

City attorney Tim Weaver and city clerk Ann Armstrong are also unopposed for re-election.

The general election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Early voting will begin on Oct. 22 and continue through Nov. 5.

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