Campaign signs

No official candidacy filings have been made but three Lake City residents – Danny Dunigan, Cameron Tate and Chad Moody – have created mayoral campaign signs. Lake City Mayor Jon Milligan was elected to the Arkansas House of Representatives.

LAKE CITY — Plans are underway in Lake City to fill the mayor’s vacant seat, as city council members approved Tuesday a resolution to hold a special election on March 9.

Despite the resolution, Craighead County Clerk Lesli Penny said Tuesday officials haven’t filed an election request with her office.

“We know there is going to be a vacancy. ... It will be filed in this office on Jan. 4,” Penny said.

Outgoing mayor Jon Milligan was elected in November to represent District 53 in the Arkansas House of Representatives. Council members appointed clerk/treasurer Linda Simpson as interim mayor.

While residents posted campaign signs several months ago, Milligan said the official filing period opens Monday.

“If you want to run for mayor, you can pick up the forms from the city. ... Those have to be turned in by Jan. 15,” Milligan said. “You must be a resident of Lake City, a registered voter and you must have at least 30 signatures.”

The early voting period is set from March 2-8, Milligan said. Penny said one polling machine will be available in her Jonesboro office during that time.

Early voting will also be held at the Eastern District Courthouse Annex, 113 Cobean Blvd., Lake City.

Absentee ballots are available for those who do not want to appear in person to cast their ballot, she said. Penny said those applications can be submitted at any time.

“Everything that has been applied for during the primary election and runoff election will have to be resubmitted,” she said.

Penny said there are no definite plans to establish a drive-through location for absentee ballots in Lake City. For more, they can be dropped off or mailed to her office, 511 S. Main St., Jonesboro, or submitted to the Eastern District Courthouse Annex.

Milligan said he is finalizing some last-minute city business before preparing to transition to Little Rock.

“My final day is Dec 31. ... Everybody will do their duties and there will be no trouble,” he said. “When out of session, I will return home to Lake City.”

The Sun‘s efforts to reach Simpson for comments regarding her appointment were unsuccessful.