by Karen Sherrell
IZARD COUNTY — A few candidates have filed for municipal office since the opening day of July 29.
In Horseshoe Bend, Tom Richardson, appointed incumbent, has filed for Alderman, Ward 2, Position 2; and Michelle Grabowski, incumbent, has filed for Recorder/Treasurer.
In Calico Rock, Fredrick Blickle has filed for Alderman, Ward 4, Position 1.
In Melbourne, Alecia Bray, incumbent, has filed for Recorder/Treasurer; and Sonia Blankenship has filed for Alderman, Ward 4, Position 2.
Filings for municipal office include candidates for Recorder/Treasurer and City Council, to be voted on during the General Election, November 8.
Candidates need to file petitions of nomination, an affidavit of eligibility, and a political practices pledge with the county clerk of their residency. Friday, August 19 at noon is the deadline to file for office.
Annual school board elections will be held September 20. Deadline to register to vote in the school board election is Monday, August 22.

The deadline to file for municipal office was Friday, August 15 at noon, and the following races have emerged for the November 4 General Election.
In Izard County, for Sheriff, Tate Lawrence, incumbent (D), and Walter Hagan (R); Constable, in Gid, Bryant K. Lamb (D) and Kelly Anderson (R).
In Horseshoe Bend for Mayor, Robert H. (Bob) Barnes, incumbent, and Charles (Chuck) Spangler; Alderman Ward 1, Position 1, James I. Davis, incumbent; Ward 1, Position 2, Teresa Orrick; Ward 2, Position 1, Joseph (Joe) Moser; Ward 2, Position 2, Nicki West, incumbent; Ward 3, Position 1, Bobby Martin “Marty” McKnight, incumbent; Ward 3, Position 2, O.G. “Sonny” Minze, incumbent; Ward 4, Position 1, John Grochowski, incumbent, and Butch Van Zandt; and Ward 4, Position 2, Ronald S. Yow, incumbent.
In Melbourne for Mayor, Mike Cone and Rhonda Halbrook; Alderman, Ward 1 Position 1, Bill Wright; Ward 1, Position 2, Warren G. Smith; Ward 2, Position 1, Ronald Treat; Ward 2, Position 2, Laura Sipe; Ward 3, Position 1, Jerry W. Crosby; Ward 3, Position 2, Paul D. Womack; Ward 4, Position 1, Trey Lamb; and Ward 4, Position 2, Sonia Blankenship.
The Annual School Board Election will be September 16. Polls will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. For a full list of candidates running in area elections, check out this week’s edition of the Pacesetting Times!

Municipal filing deadline was Friday, August 17 and the following is a list of candidate filings in Izard County.
Horseshoe Bend:  For Recorder/Treasurer: Michelle Grabowski, incumbent, and Michelle Muncie. For Alderman:  Ward 1 Position 1, James Davis and Larry Kirby; Ward 1 Position 2, Joe Moser and Harold Faigle; Ward 2 Position 1, Dr. F. Lee Mears, appointed incumbent, and Nate Wolff; Ward 2 Position 2, Nicki West; Ward 3 Position 1, Cliff Summey, incumbent, and Marty McKnight; Ward 3 Position 2, Sonny Minze unopposed incumbent; Ward 4 Position 1, John Grochowski, unopposed incumbent Ward 4 Position 2, Rich Emmens, incumbent, Dr. Ronald Yow, and Steve Boyer.
Melbourne: For Recorder/Treasurer: Alecia Bray; For Alderman: Ward 1 Position 1, Bill Wright; Ward 1 Position 2, Warren G. Smith; Ward 2 Position 2, Ronald Treat; Ward 3 Position 1 Jerry Crosby; Ward 4 Position 1, E.F. “Trey” Lamb.
Oxford: For Recorder/Treasurer: Bonnie Moss. For Alderman: Ward 1 Position 1, Herbert Moss; Ward 1 Position 2, Stephen Stevenson; Ward 2 Position 1, Mandy Everett; Ward 2 Position 2, Lawrence Savell; Ward 3, Position 1, Michael Hall; Ward 3 Position 2, Randy Sherrell, incumbent, and Christina Oliver; Ward 4, Position 1, Jetta Peters; and Ward 4 Position 2, Gerald Thomas.
Pineville: For Clerk/Recorder/Treasurer: Susan Gray;  For Alderman: Charlene Honeycutt and Elizabeth “Beth” Whitfield.
Franklin: For Recorder/Treasurer: Stevie Smith, incumbent, and Darlene Folyer. For Alderman: Position 1, Latricia Weaver; Position 2, Rene Reeves; Position 3, Sue Smith; Position 4, Loribeth Walker; and Position 5, Betty Owens.
Guion: For Recorder/Treasurer: Stacie Engles; For Alderman: Position 1, Elwin Sapp; Position 2, James Roberts, Position 3, Shelby Upton, Position 4, Randy Engles, and Position 5, Charles Williams.
Candidates will be voted on in the General Election to be held on Tuesday,  November 6.
Drawing for ballet position for the candidates will be held on Friday, August 24 at 9 a.m. at the county clerk’s office at the Melbourne courthouse.