Political filing this week for party primaries has included county offices, though they’ve been overlooked in daily coverage of political filing at the state Capitol.
I’ll correct that here for Pulaski County.
The 15 seats on the Quorum Court and two constable positions are on the ballot this year. Filing will close at noon Tuesday. There’s no filing on Monday, a holiday.
Summary: Incumbents have filed for re-election in 13 of the 15 justice of the peace positions on the Quorum Court, the county administrative body.
So far no candidates have filed for positions in District 5 and 9, currently held by Democrats Lillie McMullen and Judy Green, respectively. 10 of the 15 seats are held by Democrats.
Two incumbents have drawn primary opponents: Kristina Gulley of North Little Rock has filed to oppose incumbent Barry Jefferson of Jacksonville in the Democratic primary race for District 10. Shay Tidwell of North Little Rock has filed to oppose incumbent Staci Medlock of North Little Rock in the Democratic primary race for District 15.
Mike Graves has filed for re-election as Big Rock constable, the area south of the Arkansas River. No one has filed yet for party primary races for the area north of the river, Hill Township. The constable is currently Buster Lackey.
Constables have the power to make traffic stops and arrests if they’ve completed certified law enforcement training, but they are not required to seek the certification and many in the state aren’t certified. Most are unpaid.