By WHIT JONES
LOG CABIN STAFF WRITER
Linda Paxton chuckled at the notion that she may have felt like a member of the Lonely Hearts Club on Friday.
The District 11 justice of the peace was the only candidate to visit the county clerk’s office on the second day of the Faulkner County filing period for party hopefuls.
"I never realized I would be the only person to file all day," Paxton said. "I guess you never know."
The Democrat from Conway is seeking her fourth two-year term on the Quorum Court. She was unopposed in her two previous re-election bids.
Paxton, 64, is the 12th Democrat and 13th incumbent to file since the six-day period opened at noon Thursday. Eleven of the incumbents are Democrats.
Republicans have fielded five candidates so far, including a pair of officeholders.
Paxton, who is retired from the Arkansas Services for the Blind agency at Little Rock, is one of six JPs to file for re-election, including five Democrats.
Filing resumes Monday and ends at noon Thursday. Filing opens at 8 a.m. each day and closes at 4:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.
Independent candidates must file their intent to run forms with the clerk’s office by noon Thursday, but they have until May 1 to deliver their petitions.
The filing period for municipal offices begins May 2 and ends at noon on May 21, the day before the primary election. Primary early voting starts May 7.
The following are the Democratic candidates who filed Thursday:
County Judge Preston Scroggin of Vilonia; County Clerk Melinda Reynolds of Greenbrier; Circuit Clerk Rhonda Wharton of Conway; Treasurer Regina Oakley of El Paso; Collector Steve Simon of Conway; District 1 JP Randy Ingram of Enola; District 4 JP Barbara Mathes of Mayflower; District 7 JP John Pickett of Conway; District 10 JP Johnny Brady of Vilonia; Cadron Township Constable John Edwards of Conway; and assessor candidate Angela Hill of Vilonia.
The following are Republican candidates who have filed:
District 2 JP Randy Higgins of Greenbrier; Palarm Township Constable Charles Fulmer of Conway; sheriff candidate Max Young of Conway; JP District 1 candidate Steven Bannick of Greenbrier; and JP District 12 candidate Damon Edwards of Greenbrier.