The Pulaski County Sheriff’s race will be decided this Tuesday. With only two candidates running, and those candidates are both registered Democrats, there is no chance of a runoff and no need to wait until the General Election, where the Tuesday’s winner will run unopposed.

Carl Minden, a 20 year veteran of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office is one of two deputies with the rank of major, and currently presides over the criminal investigations division, narcotics, records, warrants, the 911 center, computer services, training, and special services, in addition to his duties as the department public information officer. Minden says his experience with the department will enable him to take charge on day one, with no need for a period of time to bring him up to speed on the requirements of the job.

Eric Higgins is a 30 year veteran of the Little Rock Police Department, with 10 years as assistant police chief, and he says his campaign is intended to bring new ideas and a fresh perspective into the sheriff’s office with more of a focus on community policing and active efforts to forge better relations with the people who live in the unincorporated areas of the county the department serves.