Candidates for sheriff campaign for last-minute votes in Crittenden County

By Kontji Anthony - bio | email

WEST MEMPHIS, AR (WMC-TV) - Candidates for the office of Crittenden County Sheriff spent Monday campaigning for last-minute votes in advance of Tuesday's primary election.

Meanwhile, voters like Joyce Fisher said they were taking extra time to check out all the candidates in the sheriff's race.

"It's really hard," Fisher said.

All four candidates are in good public favor.  With Sheriff Richard Busby out of the running, the race is expected to be a close one.

"I would be happy with several of them," voter Allen Helms said. "I think they're experienced and good."

  • West Memphis Assistant Police Chief Mike Allen has been in law enforcement 29 years.
  • Police supply store owner Daniel Hatchett has years of experience as a deputy in several counties.
  • Crittenden County Detective Thomas Martin has 12-years of law enforcement under his belt.
  • Former Arkansas trooper and security and investigations company owner Larry Pipkin, has 34 years of law enforcement experience.

"The bottom line: Someone has to watch out for the community," Fisher said. "Someone has to be for me.  I have grandkids."

The Democratic primary is a big deal because there are no Republican contenders. That means whoever gets 50 percent of the vote, plus one, will be declared the winner on Super Tuesday.

Some anticipate there could be a run-off with so many strong candidates.

"The bottom line is law and order," Helms said. "Who do we think is going do the best job of enforcement?"

A run-off, if necessary, would be held on June 8. The new Crittenden County Sheriff takes office in January 2011.

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