Saturday, October 27, 2007
Benton County Quorum Court Candidates
It has been less than two weeks since Benton County Justice of the Peace Burt Schindler resigned, calling the Quorum Court dysfunctional. This week that august body defeated a county nuisance abatement ordinance by a vote of 3-9 and declared Schindler's seat vacant. Governor Mike Beebe will make an appointment to fill the vacancy sometime soon.
With a county population of 200,000, each Benton County JP District should have more than 15,000 people, some of whom might make fine members of the Quorum Court. The two self-nominated candidates from Bella Vista thus far do not appear to be among them.
Bill Crawford boasts as his qualification his experience of 11 years as a Deputy under Benton County Sheriff Andy Lee, which some think would be an immediate disqualification for the position. The other applicant is Jim Parsons, who says he has lost many political races in Benton County, "so I feel that I know what the people of this county want." I'd guess from the record that they want someone else.