Allen Brown to run uncontested for Texarkana Arkansas mayor

Updated: Aug. 18, 2018 at 7:40 PM CDT
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TEXARKANA, AR (KSLA) - If you don't see any signs for Allen Brown campaigning for Texarkana Arkansas mayor — there's a reason.

He doesn't need to.

No one qualified to run against Texarkana businessman Allen Brown for the position of Mayor.

"It means Allen Brown will win the election as mayor and his name will still be on the ballot," said Heather Soyars, Texarkana Arkansas City Clerk.

Soyars said write-in candidates will not be considered.

"Not having to campaign is going to be real beneficial for me because now I can get down and work with the current mayor and city council," Brown said.

Brown said he became serious about running for mayor in December of last year. He did he want to make a difference for the city.

He said when he entered he thought incumbent Mayor Ruth Penny Bell would be a candidate.

"I appreciate her passion for our community and her service for our community," Brown said.

Brown will officially take over as mayor January 1 with economic development a major goal for the city.

"Not only in recruiting new businesses but also to help the businesses already on the side of our city and I am going to work hard to represent the city," Brown said.

Contested races will be Ward 3 with candidates Latanya Blair, Steven Hollibush and Tim Johnson. Ward 4 candidates are Travis Odom and if qualified Morris Voan. Ward 5 candidates are Barbara Minor and Christopher Voan.

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