Carol Crews was elected to be the 20th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney on Tuesday.
Crews defeated Zach Throneberry by garnering 55 percent of the vote with 25,068 while Throneberry got 45 percent with 20,503. Crews has been a prosecutor for more than 11 years and worked her way up to chief deputy prosecuting attorney.
Democrat Jim Baker defeated Republican Damon Edwards to retain his seat as Faulkner County Judge. Baker was first elected as county judge in 2014. Baker said finding funding for a countywide animal shelter was his top priority but that he opposes asking voters to reallocate the sales and use tax that is currently divided 50/50 between county roads and the sheriff’s office to include a portion for an animal shelter.
“I do not believe the re-allocation is necessary. My number one priority for next year is to gain funding for an animal shelter for Faulkner County — perhaps jointly funded with the cities of Faulkner County — but not at the expense of law enforcement or infrastructure,” he said.
Baker received a little more than 51 percent of the votes with 19,649 while Edwards received nearly 49 percent with 18,510.
Sen. Jason Rapert, Republican, pulled in more than 55 percent of the vote with 15,006 to defeat Democrat Maureen Skinner, who received nearly 45 percent with 12,207. Rapert was re-elected to State Senate District 35.
Rep. Stephen Meeks handily retained his seat as District 67 State Representative by garnering nearly 79 percent of the vote with 8,537 to Libertarian Sandra Richter’s 21 percent with 2,290 votes.
Republican Spencer Hawks defeated Democrat Andy Hawkins for the District 70 State Representative seat. Hawks received more than 55 percent of the vote with 5,813 while Hawkins received nearly 45 percent with 4,664.
Republican Krissy Lewis defeated Democrat David Barber for the open Faulkner County Tax Assessor seat. Lewis got 65 percent of the vote with 24,799 while Barber got nearly 35 percent with 13,207. Lewis has worked in the assessor’s office since 2001 and currently serves as chief deputy assessor.
Republican Justin Knight retained his District 1 Justice of the Peace seat on the Faulkner County Quorum Court by garnering 65 percent of the vote with 1,858. Democrat Wefus Tyus received 35 percent of the vote with 982.
Incumbent Jim Houston won re-election to the District 4 Justice of the Peace seat on the Faulkner County Quorum Court against Democrat Jerrie Rene Henderson. Houston, a Republican, received 60 percent of the vote with 1,657 while Henderson received 40 percent with 1,092.
Republican Rose “Rosie” Roland defeated Democrat Jackie Wright for the District 5 Justice of the Peace seat on the Faulkner County Quorum Court. Roland garnered 54 percent of the vote with 1,728 while Wright received 46 percent with 1,448. District 5 was an open seat, meaning there was no incumbent in the race.
Democrat Tyler Pearson defeated Republican Andy Faulkner for the open District 7 Justice of the Peace seat on the Faulkner County Quorum Court. Pearson got 61 percent of the vote with 1,033, and Faulkner got 39 percent with 649.
Republican Kris Kendrick defeated Democrat Christi Berry for the open District 9 Justice of the Peace seat on the Faulkner County Quorum Court. Kendrick won 58 percent of the vote with 1,937 to Berry’s 42 percent with 1,413.
Republican Gerald “Jerry” Boyer beat Democrat Jeff Stephens to retain his position as Justice of the Peace for District 12 on the Faulkner County Quorum Court. Boyer received nearly 66 percent of the vote with 2,502 while Stephens received nearly 35 percent with 1,318.
Republican Zach Cates was elected as the District 13 Justice of the Peace on the Faulkner County Quorum Court. He beat Democrat Michael Wendel. District 13 was also an open seat. Cates got 63 percent of the vote with 2,154 while Wendel pulled in 37 percent with 1,248.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, Auditor Andrea Lea, Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin and Treasurer Dennis Milligan — all Republicans — all won re-election Tuesday.
Likewise, Republicans Tommy Land and John Thurston — for commissioner of state lands and secretary of state, respectively — easily won out, with Land avoiding a run-off in a three-person race.
All three of the ballot initiatives that were counted passed, with Issue 2, the Voter ID requirement, and Issue 5, the minimum wage increase, passing by landslides. Issue 4 allows licenses to be issued for casino gaming institutions in Crittenden, Garland, Pope and Jefferson counties.
Justice Courtney Goodson defeated opponent David Sterling to retain her seat as State Supreme Court Associate Justice Position 3.
Republican incumbent French Hill avoided a runoff in a three-person race for District 2 in the U.S. Congress. He defeated Democrat Clarke Tucker and Libertarian Joe Ryne Swafford.
Other Faulkner County races:
• Sam Higdon was re-elected mayor of Guy over Alan Kennedy.
• Cyndi Kerr was elected mayor of Quitman over Stan Reynolds.
• Terry Don Robinson was re-elected mayor of Wooster over Doug McMillen.
• Conway Alderman Shelia Isby was re-elected to Ward 4 over Tara Ward.
• Tonia Mauldin She was elected to the Ward 1, Position 1 seat on the Quitman City Council over Samuel Pike.
• Sherry Clements defeated Steven Craig for Ward 1, Position 1 on the Vilonia City Council.
• Matthew Reynolds beat Joyce McGinty Johnson in the race for Ward 1, Position 2 on the Greenbrier City Council.
• Jennifer Massey defeated Eddy R. York Jr. for the Ward 1, Position 2 seat on the Mayflower City Council.
• Mark Hardin and Shay Matthews will have a runoff for the Ward 2, Position 1 seat on the Greenbrier City Council after neither candidate got 50 percent in the three-person race. David Cates was the third candidate.
• Chad Wooley, Tammy Sublett and Graham Peterson were elected to the Mt. Vernon-Enola Board of Education.
Nearly 52 percent of Faulkner County registered voters participated in the midterm election. There are currently 74,991 registered voters in Faulkner County and 38,600 of them exercised their right to vote.
The above totals are final, unofficial election results.
"There will not be official results until all provisional and Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) ballots are counted," the Faulkner County Election Commission said. "UOCAVA have 10 days after the election for us to receive their ballots."
The election commission is scheduled to certify the results at 2 p.m. on Nov. 15.