Marion County Arkansas Republicans

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MAY 7, 2018

Early Voting Begins


MAY 22, 2018

Preferential Primary Election

 Nonpartisan General Election

* - denotes unopposed candidate in the Preferential Primary Election.  A complete list of Republican candidates can be found by clicking on the 2018 ELECTION INFO tab.







I, John Massey, am seeking election to serve as Marion County Judge.


I have been a resident of Marion County since 1995. I have been married to Marsha Flippin Massey for 27 years and have 3 daughters, a son, and 4 grandkids.


As an employee of Entergy Arkansas for 30 plus years, I have spent the last 15 plus years as a serviceman/lineman in the Marion County and surrounding area. Naturally I drive the roads in Marion County regularly and I see the need for new leadership and change.  


In addition to my career, I owned and operated C and C Backhoe and Dozer here in Marion County. My crews specialized in installing underground power utilities for many construction projects including Arkansas State University Mountain Home, Webb’s Landing, and Big Creek Country Club.


I look forward to all the responsibilities of the County Judge’s office and if elected, I will work closely with all county agencies and serve with integrity to ensure that all the citizens of Marion County are heard and treated with respect. My door will always be open.


John Massey

Email: [email protected]

Phone:  870-404-1577







It has been an honor to serve as your Marion County Judge for the past six years.  I would like to continue working toward the betterment of Marion County.  I would appreciate your vote and support as we move forward.


My goal for my fourth term is to see the completion of the Marion County Detention Center, continue the improvement of roads, county property and additional projects.


During my tenure in office, Marion County Road Department  has had 5 FEMA projects, has paved or chip and sealed 12 miles of roads with plans to pave 3 miles in 2018.  We have updated the equipment at the road department by leasing 8 new road graders, 5 new haul trucks, and other equipment.   The quarry has added new equipment which has increased our material output up to 200 tons per day, thereby improving our rural roads.  


A new software system has been installed to upgrade our E-911 system from Solacom Technologies.  It is designed to aid 911 operators in finding the location of callers via a mapping system embedded in the system.  


With new leadership at the transfer station, it operates independent of additional funds from the county. 


Grant money has been used throughout the county to upgrade and remodel buildings at the fairgrounds, courthouse, annex and library.  


With 25 years of teaching and other business experience, my priority continues to be open, honest, responsive government, sound fiscal management and strong economic development.  “Marion County needs to have stable and dependable leadership; I can provide proven leadership for our citizens.  This is why I am asking for your vote on May 22, 2018.”


Terry Ott

Phone:  870-449-4645

Email:  [email protected]






Marion County Assessor Tonya Eppes has announced that she will seek re-election in 2018. She will be seeking her second term as assessor.


“I feel that being the Marion County assessor, you are voted in to work for the citizens of the county and it is my job to make sure that everyone is treated fairly, equitable and with the utmost respect,” Eppes said.


Eppes began her real-estate career in 1994 at a local real estate office. In 2006, she joined the Marion County Assessor’s Office and received her Level 4 Senior Appraiser License.

“Having nine years of experience prior to becoming the assessor in 2017, I was able to walk in and start working,” Eppes said.


As Assessor, Eppes has implemented a cross-training system with employees to ensure office always runs smoothly to better serve the public. Her office has also been working with the fire districts to attach fire codes on each parcel of land and with the county inspector to get building permits caught up.  Eppes said her office has also been working on long-term projects like attaching surveys to each parcel and identifying all county-owned land.


Eppes is a longtime resident of Marion County. Eppes and her husband, Barry, have been married 22 years and live in Yellville. They have three adult children and two grandchildren.

“I am asking for your support and your vote in May to continue to work hard for you and try to make the assessor’s office as efficient and helpful as possible.”


Tonya Eppes

Email:  [email protected]

Phone:  870-877-1414





Alesia Owen has announced that she is launching her campaign for election to the office of Marion County Assessor in the May 22, 2018 Republican primary. 

Owen served as Assessor in 2015-2016 and during the time Owen was in office, she implemented new policies and procedures to help the office run more efficiently and effectively.  “I believe in utilizing technology to improve convenience for our constituents, which is why I made real estate records available online for the residents of Marion County and implemented online assessing for personal property and businesses.  I also streamlined the process to obtain a building permit by having the applications moved to the Assessor’s office, making it much more convenient for our residents.  My staff and I worked diligently to input correct legal descriptions and accurately map parcels, one of my priorities will be to complete the mapping of all parcels.  My door will always be open for everyone to come in and visit if you have any questions or concerns, everyone will be treated fairly and with respect.”  Owen is certified as a Level 4 Senior Real Estate Appraiser and a Level 4 Senior Administrator.  She is licensed as a Principal Broker and Instructor.  Owen is a member of the National Association of Realtors, Arkansas Realtors Association, North Central Board of Realtors, Marion County Cattlemen’s Association, Marion County MRC and the Mid-MC Rotary Club. 


“As your Assessor, it was an honor to serve the people of Marion County.  I look forward to having the opportunity to once again serve the taxpayers by providing an environment that includes superior customer service, fair and equitable assessments and convenience.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call, text or email me anytime.  My phone number is 870 404-1015, email [email protected]  I appreciate everyone’s support and I am asking for your vote.”




I am excited to continue to serve the citizens of Marion County.  During my first year as Clerk, I made many changes to the office.  We applied and received a grant for over $35,000 for the purpose of purchasing a new and upgraded software for the land records.  This upgrade paved the way for other new changes.  In the early spring, the office began scanning in the case files.  As of January 2, 2018, attorneys have had the ability to e-file their cases to us.  You can view the files on line,


Besides court related duties, the clerk's office is responsible for the posting of payments to the accounts of child support, and mailing such support to the parties, in accordance with the court.  We issue marriage licenses, prepare payroll for county employees, and prepare payments to the vendors for the county.


One of the most important aspects of work in the Clerk's office is to maintain voter registration and land records. The office works closely with the election commission, maintains jury records, and archives county documents from 1887 to the present. These are just a few examples of the many duties of the Marion County Clerk's office, and I am proud to say that our office has the experience to handle them all.


I will be honored to continue to serve you as your County and Circuit Clerk. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to visit my Facebook page at or e-mail me at [email protected].





Ron McPherson has announced he is running for re-election for Marion County Treasurer on the Republican ticket, for his third term.


McPherson graduated from Yellville-Summit School.  McPherson attended the University of Arkansas obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.  After graduation, he worked as a Bank Manager and Internal Operations Manager.  Over the last 25 years, he has owned and operated his own business, Breadeaux Pizza, in Yellville.  He stills owns Breadeaux’s but has reliable staff to manage his business. 


McPherson said “Involvement in the community is very important to me, I serve Marion County in many different ways. I served on the Quorum Court before becoming your County Treasurer.  I’ve been an active member and past President of Mid-Marion County Rotary Club for 14 years, and my wife and I are members of the First Presbyterian church in Yellville.  My beautiful wife Tami and I reside here in Yellville and have been blessed with 2 children and 5 grandchildren.


“As your Marion County Treasurer I have paid the schools, bills and Payroll in a timely manner with the help of my Deputy Treasurer Carla Purdome.  We are currently brining up to date software in the Treasurer’s office that will track county finances better.  I go to all training classes at the state level so I can more efficiently serve as Treasurer.  The funds are balanced and checks cleared daily since I have taken Office.  I am asking for your Vote and Support so that I can continue serving you as your Marion County Treasurer, “ McPherson added. 


Ron McPherson

Phone:  870-321-0536

Email:  [email protected]





I have lived in Bull Shoals for eleven years. My wife of 46 years, Lynn and I moved from Chicago, Illinois to the area as caregivers for our aging parents; Niel and Betty Eskildsen. We had visited for twenty plus years before relocating and with a passion for bass fishing and bow hunting; this was paradise.


I have served on the Bull Shoals City Council; Ward 2 position 1; at the end of my current term for eight and a half years. I have served on the Police hiring committees, the Bull Shoals Sewer plant committee, and the City budget committee.  I have qualified and been recognized as a “certified” city official by the Arkansas Municipal League, after attending a series of governmental seminars and classes. I was also selected by a past Mayor to serve as the “acting Mayor” in his absence.


Bio: I graduated from Thornton TWP High School in Harvey, Illinois. I am a graduate from Olivet Nazarene College in Bourbonnais, Illinois. I retired from the Chicago Fire Dept. after thirty one and a half years of service.   I worked for the Chicago Tribute as a machinist for two years. I was a co-owner of Bull Shoals Auto Service for twenty eight months. My wife and I are active members of Christ by the Lake Lutheran Church in Bull Shoals and a member of the Bull Shoals Chamber of Commerce. We have one son; Michael of Council Bluffs IA and two granddaughters; Madison and Shae Nickels. Our family and friends are very important to us.


Thank you

Marty A. Nickels

102 Swiss Lane

Bull Shoals, AR 72619