A major race that Miller County, Arkansas voters will decide Tuesday is the race for county judge. Two republicans are vying for votes.
Incumbent Miller County Judge Roy John McNatt was elected in 2016. He also served as judge for six years prior to that. He faces Miller County Tax Collector Cathy Hardin Harrison, who’s serving her second term as tax collector.
Both candidates said roads are a big issue. McNatt said, “I know nine hundred miles of roads, there’s a lot of people saying you haven’t come to my road, we’re coming.” McNatt said eight-five percent of the job is fixing and maintaining roads along with supervising dozens of employees at the county barn. “I do have the experience to manage this equipment, the roads, the signs, you just don’t know how much stuff’s involved in the roads. The road repair is, you know, we try to keep the main veins of the roads in good shape, and then we start veering off of them ,fixing the sub-roads,” McNatt said.
Harrison said she would work for more funding. “Miller County has not applied for any grants this year for our county roads. Last year, I was talking to a county judge, he’d already received eight hundred thousand dollars in grants for his county roads. Miller county has got to start taking advantage of that, the free money in Little Rock.”
Harrison is currently serving her second term as tax collector. She said her office has brought in about a million dollars in delinquent taxes in the past two years. She adds that streamlining the judge’s office and allowing for more public input would be a priority. “Have a group make decisions on what roads, instead of it just being up to one person,” Harrison said.
Election day is Tuesday, May 22nd. Polls are open from 7:30 am until 7:30 pm.