JONESBORO — Craighead County Judge Marvin Day announced Thursday his intent to seek outgoing Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin’s job.
In a written statement, Perrin informed residents Wednesday that he wouldn’t seek re-election due to an undisclosed health issue.
“I plan to continue in my capacity as mayor through the end of my term that ends Dec. 31, 2020, but I fear that the added stress and energy commitment that it would take to run a campaign on top of my mayoral responsibilities would slow my full recovery,” Perrin said.
Day said Perrin consulted with him Tuesday about running for his office. Prior to that, he said he had no intention on running for mayor.
“(Perrin’s) intentions were that he was going to win one more election and then he was going to retire,” Day said Thursday. “I just felt like I had a lot of work to do here (in county government) and I had plenty time to think about it. Unfortunately through what’s happened with the mayor, the timeline changed.”
Day began his term as county judge in January 2019, after winning in an one-party race in May 2018. After consulting with his wife Ashley, family, his pastor and close friends, Day said he will honor Perrin’s wishes.
“I’m very happy with what I’m doing. I’m enjoying my job,” he said. “There was no doubt that was a hard decision he had to make to not run. He loves this place and this is his baby. … God put this in front of me, and it seems like that’s what he wants me to do.”
As mayor, Day said his teamwork leadership style and prior experience as a construction manager, engineer and commissioner would be “a good, calming presence” for residents.
“I believe in listening to everybody, understanding all sides and trying to make good long-term decisions for our community. That’s my core, who I am, what I believe in. I will continue to do that,” he said.
Day, 50, is a fifth-generation resident of Jonesboro, a graduate of Jonesboro High School and the University of Arkansas. Before becoming county judge, he was senior engineer for City Water and Light of Jonesboro.
Day previously served on Jonesboro Metropolitan Area Planning Commission, Land Use Advisory Committee, Stormwater Management Board, Master Street Committee and as a member of the Rotary Club of Jonesboro.
Andy Shatley, director of Sports Medicine at St. Bernards Medical Center, announced in May that he would seek the mayor’s position.
The filing period for the nonpartisan position begins at noon July 29 and continues until noon Aug. 5.