Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Arkansas political dynasties in the making
By Max Brantley
on Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 7:12 AM
Secretary of State Mark Martin's
wife, Sharon Martin
, is running for mayor of Prairie Grove
against incumbent Sonny Hudson.
Mena State Rep. Nate Bell
's wife Phyllis
is running for Polk County assessor
against Jovan Thomas,
a 17-year-deputy to the retiring assessor. Bell tried and failed to get Thomas disqualified
by challenging signatures on her candidacy petitions. The Election Commission found, contrary to Bell's contention, that they were registered voters.
FYI for politics watchers: At least a couple of Republican politicians in state office have wives seeking to rise into office at the local level.