The filing period for positions on the Arkadelphia City Board of Directors will conclude at noon on Friday, Aug. 17.

The filing period for positions on the Arkadelphia City Board of Directors will conclude at noon on Friday, Aug. 17.
According to Arkadelphia City Clerk Jennifer Story, positions that will be up for grabs during the November General Election include the Ward 1 position held by Taylor Chaney, the Ward 4 seat held by Joann Nelson, the Director-At-Large/Ward 6 slot occupied by Roland Gosey, and James Calhoun’s Mayor's position (Ward 7).
The Ward 7/mayor's position and director-at-large (Ward 6) positions will be decided city-wide, while the citizens of Ward 1 and Ward 4 will decide their respective wards.
As of Thursday afternoon, Arkadelphia City Clerk Jennifer Story confirmed that Chaney, Nelson, Gosey and Calhoun were the only individuals who had filed to retain their respective positions.
Based on the Arkadelphia City Ward map, Ward 1 covers areas east of North 10th Street including Clinton Street, the Ouachita Baptist University campus, and the Arkadelphia Water Plant.
Ward 4 primarily covers Pine Street, most of Caddo Street, and areas north of Walnut Street.
Other areas covered in Ward 4 are O'Connell, Sylvia, Austin, and Gresham.
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. Petitioners are encouraged to gather more than the suggested number of signatures.
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.
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.
Candidates will serve for a four-year term limit. In addition, none of the positions are paid positions.