PB Mayor's Election Remains Uncertain


PINE BLUFF, AR -- A Jefferson County election commissioner said it will likely take a judge to rule out a mayor's election this year.

Former Mayor Carl Redus filed for the race even though it's not until 20-16.

Redus is the only person to have filed for election.

He said there will be a race because Pine Bluff's population decreased; therefore, changing the election date for mayor to be held during a midterm election year instead of presidential election year.

He unsuccessfully used that argument in 2012 to stop the election, but a judge ordered it go on.

Some members of the Jefferson County Election Commission are planning for a mayor's race.

Commissioner Stu Soffer said he's not one of them.

"They've chosen to ignore the law, ignore the general counsel of the secretary of state. The democrats aren't going to do something. Hopefully the prosecuting attorney and state board of elections will," Soffer said.

Mayor Debe Hollingsworth said she does not know if she will sue to stop the race if election leaders proceed with it.

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