Early voting continues in the Lake City mayoral race
LAKE CITY, Ark- Lake City is one step closer to having a new mayor in office, as early voting continues today in the runoff election.
Residents are heading to the polls this week to early vote as they determine who will be the next mayor of Lake City.
Craighead County Clerk Lesli Penny says she hopes more people will turn out to vote next week.
“Through noon today we, had about 200 people come vote for Lake City mayor- it’s the runoff,” says Penny. “And so, we’re hopeful that when early voting concludes Monday at five, and election day of, course, on Tuesday, the poll will be open. That we’ll have at least doubled that.”
Former Lake City Mayor Jon Milligan was elected to fill House District 53 seat in November, resulting in a special election to fill his term.
Chad Moody, Cameron Tate, and Danny Dunnigan were all on the ballot for the March 9th election.
That turned into a runoff between Moody and Tate as neither candidate received 50% of the vote.
Tate received 37.5 percent of the vote, Moody received 31.9% percent and, Dunnigan received 30.5%.
Penny says with it being spring break, that could have an impact on the early voting turnout.
“I’m always hoping for the best of all turnouts. I know spring break lots of people with children- whether they’re home or traveling, you know this might not be a priority this week,” she says. “So, we’re giving you Monday and all-day Tuesday. But spring break probably has an influence.”
The election is only open for those who are registered to vote and live in the city limits of Lake City.
Penny says it’s vital to take part in local politics.
“It’s very important that folks try to get out in vote for this as they are going to be electing a mayor that will run through the term. Ya know so, they got a couple of years. It’s very important to support these local races,” says Penny.
Early voting will continue on Monday, March 29th from, 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. at the Eastern District Annex in Lake City and the Craighead County Courthouse in Jonesboro.
Election day voting will only be available at the Eastern District Annex from 7:30 A.M. to 7:30 P.M.