Politics

ROGERS — During a special called meeting Monday night, the Rogers City Council set the mayoral runoff election date.

The runoff election, scheduled June 22, will decide whether current Mayor Tammy Cockrum or her uncle, Billy Crow, will be the next mayor.

Early voting will be at City Hall, 2 W. Mesquite Ave., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., beginning June 10 and will continue through June 14, according to the city of Rogers Facebook page. Additional votes may be cast from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 17-18.

Election day voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 22 at the civic center, 4 W. Mesquite Ave. in Rogers.

Crow is a former mayor and current member of the Rogers City Council.

Cockrum and Crow each received 93 votes in May’s election.

The initial election count had Cockrum the winner by one vote, but two provisional ballots were cast that couldn’t be counted at that time. After an investigation, one was found to be a legitimate vote for Crow — which left the candidates tied.

One candidate could have withdrawn from the race or an alternative method to resolve the tie could have been used — like flipping a coin or drawing straws, City Administrator Chris Hill previously told the Telegram.

Cockrum wants to continue the plans she’s proposed for Rogers’ future, especially after U.S. Highway 190/State Highway 36 will bypass Rogers in the future. She said many improvements are planned for Rogers, like a residential development north of the city.

If elected, Crow wants to help unify Rogers and give the City Council more control over government decisions, he said.

Crow was mayor for 18 years, but stepped down in 2012 to run for county commissioner. He said he now thinks it’s time for a leadership change.

It is estimated the new election will cost the residents about $4,000, Hill previously said.