Conway resident Debbie Walsh is upset with Mayoral candidate Mark Elsinger. Walsh lives on Antelope Road in Conway, and she is upset that the work he does on a neighboring house and its yard has caused flooding on her property.
The problem for Walsh is the planting of pine trees by Elsinger in a culvert, which results in no proper drainage. The other problem is that the residence that Elsinger works on is not his residence but his son’s. Elsinger, a candidate for Conway Mayor, actually resides outside the city limits.
For the past two years Elsinger has lived at 53 Valley Road following his marriage. He has kept the house on 2905 Antelope Rd., his previous residence, and his son Mitchell lives there. According to Walsh, Elsinger comes to the property several times a week to work on the lawn and house, but it is "common knowledge" that he does not live there.
"He told us when he got married that he would be moving out to [his wife’s] house because it was newer," Walsh said. "He hasn’t lived in this house for years."
Several calls to Elsinger were not returned, but confirmation of his current residence was given by a second source. Elsinger is running for Conway Mayor against incumbent Tab Townsell. Randy Herrold is also challenging the mayor. Neither Townsell nor Herrold responded to phone calls Friday.
The revelation that Elsinger does not reside within city limits comes on the heels of a former Faulkner County Justice of the Peace filing for re-election with a false address. Mark Bailey, who is still on the ballot, resigned his position in October, and the court has declared his spot vacant until the Governor can find a replacement.
According to the Faulkner County Election Commission, nothing can be done on the ballot about those who file for office if it is found out they do not reside where they filed.
Elsinger recently won the endorsement of the Conway Firefighters local 4061.