by: Scott McCaulley

A handful of candidates and issues were before voters in several areas of Northern Arkansas on Tuesday with the unofficial results having been released by the various County Clerks and Election Officials.

While most issues were school related, voters in the city of Flippin were asked to approve a 1% Sales Tax increase to help various departments of the city. That proposal went down to defeat 39-37.

In the Alpena School District, voters were asked to approve a Millage Tax to be applied to a new school facility but it went down to a narrow defeat as well 205-192. There was also one contested School Board Race in Alpena with Tony Moore winning in a race over Ali Collins Carlson 227-162.

Voters in the Eureka Springs School District had a contested School Board Race along with a Millage Tax Issue. The results of the contested School Board Race were Candace Spaulding 59, Stephanie Lynn Rains 37, and Bob Grudek 27. Since Spaulding did not receive 50% of the vote, her and Rains will go back before voters in a run-off election on June 18. The approval of the Millage Rate was by a 91-32 vote.

Some other results from the area:
In Cotter, the contested School Board race went to Robert Benedict with 73 votes over Kenny Crunkleton with 29.

In Jasper, the contested School Board Race went to Jarrett Davidson over Stacey Clark 102-45.

In the Deer-Mount Judea School District, that three person Board race went to Clayton Heffley with 32 votes over Jeremiah Denniston’s 18 and Johnny Smith’s 14.

The County Clerks will certify the results for the various races and issues over the next week and a half.

NOTE: Some information for this story from KTLO in Mountain Home and KY3 in Springfield.