The Preferential Primary Election will be held Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Candidate filing period opens Monday, November 4, 2019 at noon and closes Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at noon.
Party candidates will see their party representative first to pay party filing fees. The Republican Party will be set up in the basement of the Polk County Courthouse and the Democratic Party will be set up in the Quorum Court room of the Polk County Office Complex on Pine Street. Once candidates pay their filing fee they will need to go to the County Clerk’s Office to file.
Independent Candidates will need to go to the County Clerk’s Office to file during this same filing period in November. They will file as a candidate in the County Clerk’s Office. They will then need to gather signatures on a petition to gain ballot access, however, petitions shall not be circulated until February 1, 2020 and must be filed in the County Clerk’s Office no later than 12:00 p.m. (noon) May 1, 2020.
Positions up for re-election are JP Districts 1-11, all constable positions, Mena School Board Positions 1 and 2, Ouachita River School Board Zone 6 (Montgomery County), Cossatot River School Board Zone 2 and Zone 4.
Incumbents planning to seek re-election, or anyone interested in running should contact the County Clerk’s Office at 479-394-8123 or visit the County Clerk’s Office in the Polk County Courthouse for additional information.