On Monday evening, October 22nd, Resident Press will be hosting a political Q & A session, Meet the Candidates Night. This inaugural event will bring over 20 state and local candidates to our area to discuss issues that are important to voters. It is slated to take place at the Mansfield High School cafeteria beginning at 6:00 p.m. Owner/Publisher, Jason Baggett and Editor, Tammy Moore Teague will serve as moderators. *This event is not a debate.


Scott County Sheriff Candidate, Gary Clepper

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Waldron Police Sergeant Seeks to Serve as Next County Sheriff

Gary Clepper, candidate for Scott County Sheriff, has been with the Waldron Police Department for 11 years. He was voted Best of the Best Scott County Police Officer for 2018. Additionally, he has served as Waldron School’s Resource Officer since 2007. “I have seen what drugs do to our families and children. I felt led to run and pray I get a chance to fix the problem.” He added, “I look forward to continuing to work for you, my friends, neighbors, and fellow residents of Scott County.” Read Clepper’s full announcement here.


Mansfield Mayoral Candidate, WT “Buddy” Black


Black Looks to Serve as Mansfield’s Next Mayor

William “Buddy” Black has announced his bid for the office of Mayor for the City of Mansfield. “Having been a proud resident of Mansfield most of my adult life, I have always had a passion for this city,” he noted. Black, who served briefly on the city council, has a lengthy history of public service. “I served on the Mansfield Planning Commission for over 20 years. My experience, coupled with the knowledge of the inner workings of the city, gives me unique qualifications to apply to the office of mayor.” Black pledges “complete transparency and an open door policy to everyone.” Adding, “I appreciate your support during the campaign and your vote on November 6.” Read Black’s full announcement here.


Scott County Tax Assessor Candidate, Jeanetta Elmore Byford

Byford Seeks to be an Assessor for the People

Jeanetta Byford, a candidate for Scott County Assessor, said “I have been so honored for people to come to me and let me know they support me in this election.” She has worked hard spreading the word throughout Scott County about her campaign. “We need a change and I want people to vote for me because they know me,” explained Byford. “They know I have a good work ethic. If someone has a problem, I want to work with them until it is resolved or find someone who can. I’m concerned about the deeds getting behind and why the tax rates vary from property to property.” Byford concluded that if you want to see a change in the way things are handled, you should vote for her in November. “I am the candidate that can and will make changes to the assessors office. I want to be an Assessor for the people!” Read Byford’s full announcement here. 


Scott County Tax Assessor Candidate, Kimberly Lane

Deputy Assessor Looks to Further Serve the County

Kimberly Lane, current Deputy Assessor, is seeking to serve as the next Scott County Assessor. “I want to serve the people and do better for the county,” stated Lane. Adding that, “I want to promptly help people solve their land issues, be more technology assessable, have an open door policy and to get formal training for the staff.” Read Kimberly’s full announcement here. 


Waldron Mayoral Candidate, Lanis Harwell

Common Sense Solutions for a More Efficient and Accountable City Government

Lanis Harwell, a resident of Waldron for the past 42 years, is seeking to serve as the next Waldron Mayor. She has served on the City Council for the past 10 years. Additionally, she has served on the Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the Professional Business Women’s organization. She is dedicated to Waldron’s Historic Downtown, restoration and revitalization as well as Trade Days. “As a public servant, the position is not about oneself. Rather, it is about the public, whom I serve. Together, we will win this election on November 6.”


On behalf of my wife Karen and myself, thank you for allowing us to be a part, both as citizens and as your mayor. Mansfield Mayor, Mike Gipson (left), and wife Karen (right)