Crawford County residents will go to the polls Tuesday with contested positions in six of nine cities.
All but three mayoral seats will be contested in the Nov. 4 General Election. Van Buren, Alma, Cedarville, Mulberry, Mountainburg and Dyer have at least two candidates vying for the mayor position.
Van Buren incumbent Mayor Bob Freeman is challenged by Van Buren City Alderman Max Blake in what has become a heated campaign.
In Alma, former state representative Edward F. Thicksten, retired businessman Keith Greene and Alma City Alderman Gary Perry all have an eye on the mayor’s seat.
Six candidates will be on the ballot in Mountainburg - incumbent Mayor Ralph Bryant, Douglas A. Coleman, Bobby Dean, Scott Dyer, Michael L. Harrison and Neal Moon.
Cedarville’s incumbent Mayor Glenanna O’Mara is seeking re-election against Wayne Bentley and former city alderman Darren Langley.
In Mulberry, incumbent Mayor Gary Baxter will go up against Herman E. Luper, while in Dyer, Richard S. Leakey and Billy Gale Morse vie for the mayor’s seat.
Unopposed are incumbent mayors Billy Rogers in Rudy, Gary O’Kelley in Kibler and Tina Shores in Chester.
Several alderman positions also are being contested this year.
Incumbent Alderman Johnny Ragsdale goes up against Alan Swaim for Ward 3, Position 2 in Van Buren, while the city’s Ward 2, Position 2 seat is being contested between Scott Curtis and Darral Sparkman. Jim C. Petty goes unopposed for Ward 1, Position 2.
In Mulberry, Ward 2, Position 1 incumbent Bobby Don Tweedy is challenged by both Beth Jordan and Terry Lewis. Incumbent Johnny Ray Kimes in the Ward 2, Position 2 seat faces off against Robert F. Reeves and Daimien Sadat Rice.
Sheila L. Chastain goes unopposed for the Ward 1, Position 1 in Mulberry.
Also unopposed is John L. Ware for the Ward 3, Position 1 seat in Alma.
William Brown and Kenneth C. McClendon are both challenging incumbent David Coombes for the Ward 2, Position 1 seat in Cedarville. Incumbent Wendell Moore is up against Roger Johnson and Brenda Burner for Ward 2, Position 2.
Tim Breshears for Ward 1, Position 1 and Jonathan Odom for Ward 1, Position 2 are both unopposed.
Myrna Burns will go against Katherine Fry for Ward 2, Position 1 in Dyer. Dyer Mayor Randy Beard is unopposed for the Ward 3, Position 2 seat.
Other unopposed candidates for alderman seats are Michelle L. Henson for Ward 2, Position 1 in Mountainburg; ; Bill Dodson for Ward 3, Position 1 in Kibler; Joe White for Ward 4, Position 2 in Kibler; and Laverne A. Hughes for Position 1 and Donal L. Shores for Position 2, both in Chester.
All other positions up for election this year have incumbents who are unopposed.
For Van Buren and Alma, all elected city seats are up this year. That includes the mayor, city clerk, city attorney and all aldermen. Van Buren and Alma are the only cities in Crawford County that have elected city attorneys.
In Cedarville, Dyer, Mountainburg and Mulberry, the mayor and all alderman positions are up for election. In Kibler, as well as the incorporated towns of Chester and Rudy, all positions including the mayor, city clerk and all aldermen seats are up.