On the 18th of February, at the annual White County Lincoln Day Dinner, Kyle Reeves announced his intentions to run for Mayor of Searcy. Reeves served one term on the Searcy City Council before seeking a job as State Representative, District 50 in 2008. In a statement to The Patriot, Reeves said he is running for mayor to bring transparency to city hall. “In an attempt to get the A&P tax passed, the Current Mayor and Council have chosen to have a special election on April 13th at the cost of thousands of dollars to the tax payers, when they could have waited one month and spent only $250. It is obvious, that a political game to force ‘tax and spend’ agendas is being played at City Hall.”
Last week, former White County Judge David Morris announced his intentions to seek the mayor’s office as well.
In a statement, Morris told The Daily Citizen that he plans to run a very straight-forward, positive campaign and claims he is running for the office, not against any one individual. “I plan to bring the city council together,” Morris told The Citizen. “Even though we run as non-partisan in the city of Searcy, I want to try to pull people together and reach across party lines and the economic and social differences of people. I feel like I have the ability to bring people together.” He says his main job as mayor will be to promote economic development — that is refreshing, to say the least.
Both Morris & Reeves emphasized the importance of the Fayetteville Shale and hope to make it a cornerstone of their campaigns.
Incumbent Mayor Belinda Laforce, who has not yet announced her candidacy for re-election, told the paper she was surprised to hear Mr. Morris’ announcement. Apparently Morris had formerly told Laforce that he would not seek the office if she chose to seek re-election. At that time, she reportedly informed him that she was in fact planning a run. Laforce said she is “disappointed at best” that Morris is proceeding with his candidacy.
This race could be the most exciting 2010 mayoral campaign in Arkansas.
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