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Candidates 2016: City of Conway

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main-candidates-2016-conwayUPDATE 11/8/16: Conway voters re-elected all incumbent City Council members, while electing a new Mayor; results are shown below.

The Mayor, City Clerk, and 4 Aldermen (City Council members) will be elected at the November 8, 2016 General Election.

For your reference, incumbents are listed first.

The 2016 non-partisan candidates for Conway’s Mayor, City Clerk, and all Position 1 seats on the City Council are:

CONWAY MAYOR:
Tab Townsell (Incumbent) (Not Running in 2016)
Bart Castleberry 12,981
Mark Elsinger 6,545
Scott Grummer 2,985

CITY CLERK
Michael Garrett (Incumbent)

CONWAY CITY COUNCIL:
WARD 1

Andy Hawkins (Incumbent) 2,853
Kent Mathis 2,051

WARD 2
Wesley Pruitt (Incumbent)

WARD 3
Mark Ledbetter (Incumbent)

WARD 4
Theo Jones, Jr. (Incumbent) 3,236
Taylor Martin 1,583

The 2016 filing period for non-partisan city offices closed on February 29, 2016.

Conway’s Mayor serves a 4-year term and is elected in presidential election years. First elected in 1996, the current Mayor, Tab Townsell, is not running again after serving 5 terms.

Mayoral candidates include a 30-year Conway Police Department veteran who once served as interim Police Chief: Mark Elsinger, Conway’s retired Fire Chief who now heads up Conway’s Permits/Inspections Department: Bart Castleberry, and the City of Conway’s Program Manager for Community Development: Scott Grummer.

Conway’s City Clerk, Mike Garrett, first elected in 1998 at age 26, has also filed for re-election; he has no challengers.

Each one of Conway’s four wards has two aldermen: Position 1 (elected by that ward) and Position 2 (elected city-wide). Aldermen are elected for serve 4-year terms. So, half the council is elected every 2 years: all Position 1 seats one time and all Position 2 seats the next.

In 2016, all the Position 1 seats (ward-specific) are open for election and all four sitting aldermen have filed for re-election. However, only two — Andy Hawkins (Ward 1) and Theo Jones (Ward 4) — have opponents for November 8.