Candidates running for office
City election early voting begins October 22 and election day November 6.
Seth Smith has announced his candidacy for Mayor of Mena.
“I have a passion for public service and hope to utilize my experience and leadership to work with the people of Mena to move forward together,” said Smith, a Mena High School graduate and Iraq veteran.
Tawana Gilbert has filed for re-election for the position of Justice of the Peace, District 11. Gilbert has represented District 11 since 2009 and desires to work to maintain the county’s fiscal responsibility and improve infrastructure and facilities.
Brandon Martin has announced his candidacy for Mayor of Mena in the November general election. Martin is currently in his twentieth year of law enforcement and his fourth year as Mena Chief of Police.
“I feel my 20 years of experience working in municipal government and as the department head of the police department gives me the experience needed to keep the city moving forward in a positive direction,” Martin said.
Jim Neugent has filed for re-election to the Polk County Quorum Court, District 2. His years of financial experience make him an asset to the Quorum Court as he has served as chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee for the past several years.
“The number one job of the Quorum Court is to manage the taxpayers money and I feel I have done so in a fair, conservative and honest manner over the years,” Neugent said. “As chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee, I have studied the budget each year and have suggested ways to cut spending in ways that have not hindered the operations but kept the offices running efficiently.
Brian Bowser is seeking re-election for Polk County Coroner. “Serving as Coroner is not an easy job, but it is rewarding serving the people of Polk County. I feel the people of this county deserve to be treated with respect and compassion, especially in the circumstances that I serve in,” said Bowser, who is the owner and operator of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena.
Brandon Ellison has announced he will seek re-election. He has served as Polk County Judge for the past seven years. “I believe we have made improvements in many areas without expanding the footprint of county government. I look forward to continuing plans to improve the quality of life for our families in Polk County,” he said.
Scott Sawyer, Polk County Sheriff and Collector, has announced his desire to continuing serving. “I’ve made Professionalism, Integrity, and Community Service a priority. I worked hard to run my office efficiently and effectively. I am very proud of the job that (we) have done over the last year,” Sawyer said.
Terri Harrison is seeking re-election as Polk County Clerk. “I am very pleased with the progress and improvements we have made in the County Clerk’s Office. I have a great staff that works very hard to serve the citizens of Polk County. Our main goal is to serve the citizens of Polk County as efficiently as possible,” Harrison said.
Michelle Heath Schnell has announced her intent to seek re-election to the office of the Polk County Circuit Clerk. “Since becoming clerk in 2017 I have been able to cut our office spending and streamline the daily operations without compromising customer service,” Schnell said.
Tanya Fretz will run for re-election as Polk County Treasurer. “In my five years as Treasurer, my performance demonstrates that I have the needed experience and knowledge to continue to run the office efficiently with the highest professional accountability,” Fretz said.
Ron Tilley has confirmed he will run for the position of Mena Mayor in the November 2018 election. His desire is to build upon the strengths of this city and the successes of others. Tilley is a current City Council Member, City Planning Commission Member and Pastor of Mena First Assembly of God.
Chris Daniel has announced will run for Polk County, Arkansas Justice of the Peace District 1. Daniel previously held this position for two terms