Craighead County Judge, Marvin Day has announced he's running for Mayor of Jonesboro.
But he has had to respond to claims that he may be deemed ineligible due to an amendment in the Arkansas constitution.
Amendment 95 was passed in 2016.
The law does not allow certain county officials, including judges, to be elected to any civil office in the state while still serving their original term at the county level.
“I’ve spoken with several attorneys and they feel like that will not hold up in court and that there’s no issue with that. You know if you really interpret amendment 95 strictly, I couldn’t run for reelection for county judge. There are real problems with the amendment 95 and it’s language,” Craighead County Judge Marvin Day said.
The amendment also raises the length of a term for county elected officials from two to four years.
“There was another bill in the last session that’s qualified as 14415 and it lists the officials that a county official cannot hold and mayor is not listed as one of them,” Day said.
When Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin announced he would not run for re-election, day, says many people approached him about running and after thinking on it he decided to go for it.
As a person who believes in a team effort and understanding all sides of an issue, judge day loves working for the county and hopes to be able to help the city more if elected as mayor.
“I hope to make our community a great place and continue on the many avenues of the growth and prosperity we’ve seen,” Day said.
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