Five candidates have stepped forward asking voters to consider them to be Crossett’s next elected mayor.
In addition to Councilman Dale Martinie and Interim Mayor Crystal Marshall, who announced their intentions to run last week, businessman Kevin Cosby, Assistant Parks And Recreation Director Sarah Hollimon and pastor the Rev. David Newberry have qualified to run for the position.
Cosby announced his candidacy in a video on social media Monday night. He said when considering the run he was accepting the challenge from people who had asked him to step up and enter the race.
Cosby — who owns Cosby’s Greenhouse and Garden — said he is proud to be a long-time resident and to call Crossett his hometown, and that as mayor he would, “give 110 percent from daylight to dawn.”
“I can remember the days when Crossett was growing and thriving and we were moving forward,” he said. “There were opportunities for the kids — the youth — the people to enjoy and (to) enjoy a quality of life, of family, (of) a family-friendly atmosphere. We offered things that would keep people here that would allow people to graduate and stay here.
“Those opportunities have become few and far between and we now need to make sure we move Crossett forward in a better direction.”
Hollimon said she came to her decision to run after a considerable amount of prayer and assessing what her life has prepared her for in the three years since she has moved back to her hometown.
“When I first moved back and started working down at the pool, and then that turned the Parks and Recreation position, and then that turned into a flurry of events and projects, and people kept mentioning, ‘You should run, you should run,’” she said.
“I just laughed it off and said, ‘I am flourishing with Parks and Recreation, and I don’t want to get out of that role.”
But then, Hollimon said, “The more I was in it, I saw that this role could benefit Crossett.”
Newberry was the pastor of First Baptist Church-Main Street from late 1989 to 2000. He has also worked in the insurance field, and moved back to the area two years ago. He now serves as the pastor of Southside Baptist Church in Hamburg.
“I believe I can best serve Crossett as mayor for two main reasons,” Newberry said in his election announcement.
“First, I deeply love and appreciate this town and it’s people. Moving back to Crossett after having been away for 18 years brought to us a deep, heartfelt knowledge that we were home.
“Second, it is my belief that the experience gained in administering the churches I’ve pastored and managing the large insurance agency I owned in Houston, all helped prepare me for this task. My skills are based in the ability to listen to people, discover the need and then seek the advice of the people around me to come up with a solution. I was recently informed that Crossett has the best employees, administrators and chiefs in the State of Arkansas. It will be my pleasure to work with them as we together seek the best for the Community of Crossett.”
The special election has been set to fill the final two years of late Mayor Scott McCormick’s four-year term. McCormick died in April.
Whoever is elected will serve as mayor until Dec. 31, 2022.
Early voting for the election will be at the Ashley County Clerk’s Office, at 205 East Jefferson in Hamburg and at the Crossett Economic Development Foundation at 105 W. Second St., in Crossett.
Early voting will be Aug. 4 to 10. The election will be Aug. 11.
If a runoff is needed it will be on Sept. 1.