Former Jefferson County Judge Dutch King, who lost to current County Judge Gerald Robinson wants the job back.
King filed as an independent candidate on Monday. He served two terms as Jefferson County Judge before being defeated in a three-way race involving himself, current Pine Bluff City Council member Ivan Whitfield and Henry “Hank” Wilkins IV, who won in a runoff with King.
When voters go to the polls in the May political party primaries, they will have a variety of candidates to chose from in three of the four Pine Bluff City Council races. The official filing period ended Tuesday at noon.
With the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office still compiling the final list of candidates, which is not expected to be completed until Wednesday, a review of those who have currently filed showed the following.
In Ward 1, which has no incumbent since Joni Alexander decided not to seek a second term, Danny Lester Walker, LaTisha Brunson, Garland Trice, John Proctor and David D. Knott have all filed for the position. Walker is the son of former Council Member Thelma Walker, who Alexander beat in a runoff four years ago. Trice previously ran the other Ward 1 position, losing to current Council Member Lloyd Holcomb Jr.
In Ward 2, current Justice of the Peace Reginald Adams who had initially announced his intention to challenge incumbent Dr. Glen Brown Jr., withdrew and will run for his current seat on the Quorum Court.
Ward 3 incumbent Council member Ivan Whitfield is being challenged by Quranner Cotledge and Lanette R. Frazier and in Ward 4, incumbent Steven Mays Sr., will face Cassandra Dean.
Also on the county side, Justice of the Peace Jimmy Fisher has filed to oppose County Tax Collector Lentonical “Tony” Washington in the only contested race.
Five incumbent justices of the peace have drawn opponents, Alfred Carroll in District 1, Glenda Daniels in District 6, Roy Agee in District 8. Ted Harden in District 12 and Brenda Bishop Gaddy in District 13. District 4 Justice of the Peace Patricia Royal Johnson told Deltaplex News Tuesday night that she has also drawn an opponent but that person’s name has not made it on to the list at the County Clerk’s Office.