The clock is ticking on applicants looking to secure a position on the Arkadelphia City Board of Directors.

The clock is ticking on applicants looking to secure a position on the Arkadelphia City Board of Directors.
According to Arkadelphia City Clerk Rendi Currey, applicants must have their petitions turned in to her by noon on Friday, Aug. 19.
As of 10 a.m. Monday, Currey noted that four applicants have applied for positions on the board.
Mark Overturf is the lone applicant for Arkadelphia’s Ward 2, while Scott Byrd is the sole candidate and incumbent for the Ward 3 seat.
Overtuff will be seeking the position currently occupied by Assistant Mayor Dick Rudolph, who announced during a recent meeting that he would not seek re-election.
Former Ward 1 Director Jason Jones and Harley Martinelle are in a contested race for the Ward 5 position currently held by David Rider.
Packets have been prepared by Currey for anyone interest in running for the seats.
Based on the Arkadelphia City Ward map, Ward 2 consists of areas along Sylvia, Lynwood, Elaine, portions of Walnut and Hemphill.
Ward 3 is comprised of areas along Friendship Drive, Millcreek, Evans, Wilson and Henderson.
Ward 5 includes areas along North 26th Street, north of Interstate 30 and Hollywood Road. 
Areas along Village Drive, Pinnacle, Glendale, Barkman and Red Hill are also included in this area.
To run, individuals must file a nominating petition with the city clerk or recorder not more than 102 nor less than 81 days before the election by noon.
The petition must be signed by not less than 50 qualified electors of the municipality.
Currey encourages petitioners to gather more than the suggested number of signatures.
In addition to the petition, candidates must also submit a political practice pledge, an affidavit of eligibility, notice of candidacy, campaign contribution and expenditure report, a free election report, and a statement of financial interest.
All forms will be thoroughly explained at the time the person picks up their petition.
In order to serve in any of the positions candidates must be a qualified elector, a resident of the municipality for at least 30 days prior to election to the board, and be at least 21 years old.
Candidates will serve for a four-year term limit. In addition, Currey noted that none of the positions are paid positions.

The general election will be Tuesday, Nov. 8, while the deadline to register to vote will be Monday, Oct. 10. Early voting begins Monday, Oct. 24.