Election filing period begins for Fayetteville offices

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Municipal filings began Wednesday for the Nov. 8 nonpartisan election in Fayetteville.

The mayor’s seat is not up for election, but each of the four Position 1 seats on the City Council will be on the ballot this year, as well as the city attorney’s position.

As of Wednesday evening, no candidates had filed for election or re-election.

The filing period ends at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 10. Early voting begins Oct. 24.

Ward 1, Position 1

Councilmember Sonia Harvey currently holds the Ward 1, Position 1 seat, and is serving her first term.

Harvey won the 2018 runoff election with 67% of the votes, defeating incumbent John La Tour (34%).The two advanced to a runoff after Harvey took 41% of the votes in the general election, with Trimble taking 39%. A third candidate, Kris Paxton, received 20% in the general election.

In Arkansas, a candidate must win a 50 percent majority of the votes or receive more than 40 percent and be ahead of the runner-up by 20 percent to avoid a runoff.

Harvey has so far been present for 95 out of 100 City Council meetings, for a 95% attendance rate.

Ward 2, Position 1

Councilmember Mark Kinion is currently serving his third term in the Ward 2, Position 1 seat.

Kinion won the 2018 general election outright with 71% of the votes, defeating challengers Raymond Burks (17%) and Martin Bemberg (11%).

Kinion first ran for City Council in 2008, but lost a close race to Matthew Petty. He ran again in 2010 and won the seat over Adam Fire Cat. Kinion was re-elected in 2014 when he defeated challengers Robert Patton and Joshua Crawford.

Kinion has so far been present for 285 out of 297 City Council meetings, for a 96% attendance rate.

Ward 3, Position 1

Councilmember Sloan Scroggin currently holds the Ward 3, Position 1 seat, and is serving his first term.

Scroggin won the 2018 general election with 51% of the votes against challenger Lucas Regnier (49%).

Scroggin has so far been present for 97 out of 100 City Council meetings, for a 97% attendance rate.

Ward 4, Position 1

Councilmember Teresa Turk is currently serving her first term in the Ward 4, Position 1 seat.

Turk won the 2018 runoff election with 66% of the votes after defeating incumbent John La Tour (34%). The two advanced to a runoff after Turk took 45% of the votes in the general election, with La Tour taking 44%. A third candidate, Adam Fire Cat, received 11% in the general election.

Turk has so far been present for 99 out of 100 City Council meetings, for a 99% attendance rate.

City Attorney

City Attorney Kit Williams is currently serving his fifth term.

The former private attorney and assistant county prosecutor has spent nearly 22 years serving as the city’s top legal adviser. Before that, Williams served six years as a member of the Fayetteville City Council.

Williams has run unopposed since the Fayetteville Flyer began publishing election coverage in 2008.