Bentonville mayoral candidates face off in forum

Bentonville mayoral candidates face off in forum


STORIES AND 87 ROOMS. IT GOES BEFORE THE FULL CITY
COUNCIL NEXT WEEK. PAIGE: IN COMMITMENT 201
COVERAGE TONIGHT, ONE LOCAL CITY
WILL SOON HAVE A NEW MAYOR. FIVE CANDIDATES ARE RUNNING FOR
MAYOR OF BENTONVILLE AFTER MAYOR
BOB MCCASLIN ANNOUNCED HE’S NOT
RUNNING FOR REELECTION. THE CANDIDATES INCLUDE, CITY
COUNCIL MEMBER STEPHANIE ORMAN,
WHOM MCCASLIN ENDORSED. TERRY SHANNON, A RETIRED REAL
ESTATE PROFESSIONAL. JOHN SKAGGS, A RETIRED MUNICIPAL
AND DISTRICT JUDGE WHO SERVED ON
THE CITY COUNCIL, JIM WEBB, A
FORMER CITY COUNCIL MEMBER, AND
CHARLIE TURNER, OWNER OF
CHARLIE’S BARBER SHOP IN BENTONVILLE. TURNER DIDN’T TAKE PART IN
TODAY’S EVEN
HERE’S A RECAP OF THE EVENTS.>>WHAT WILL YOUR PRIORITIES BE
IN EXPANDING THE CITY’S
INFRASTRUCTURE AND AMENITIES TO
MEET THE NEEDS BROUGHT ON BY
THESE CHANGES. PAIGE: DEMOCRAT GAZETTE
MODERATOR RUSTY TURNER REFERRING
TO CHANGES IN POPULATION AS THE
CITY OF BENTONVILLE CONTINUES TO
GROW AT A RATE THAT COULD
OUTPACE ITS INFRASTRUCTURE. EACH MAYORAL CANDIDATE AT
TODAY’S FORUM AT THE BENTONVILLE
COMMUNITY CENTER AGREED THAT
ISSUE NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED. TURNER ALSO PULLED QUESTIONS
FROM THE COMMUNITY. ONE ABOUT WHETHER TO KEEP THE
CONFEDERATE STATUE ON THE SQUARE
SOMETHING ON THE SQUARE. SOMETHING ALL 4 CANDIDATES ARE
IN FAVOR OF KEEPING. THE FORUM WAS WELL ATTENDED AND
FOLKS SAY IT WAS BENEFICIAL IN
HELPING DETERMINE THEIR VOTE,

>>I CANNOT UNDERSTAND WHY
MELISSA GOOD –>>WHY DON’T YOU ADDRESS THE
QUESTION WE ARE ASKING, RATHER
THAN ATTACKING THE NEWSPAPER.>>OH, OK. PAIGE: FOLKS SAID THE FORUM WAS
BENEFICIAL IN DETERMINING A
VOTE.>>WHEN THEY WERE LOOKING INTO
AFFORDABLE HOUSING I THOUGHT
THAT WAS GOOD BECAUSE WE’RE
SEEING A LOT OF INFLUX, A LOT OF
THE HOMES IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA
HAVE MADE AN IMPACT ON HOMES WHERE I LIVE.>>I AM PASSIONATE ABOUT
BENTONVILLE AND I LOOK AT YOU AS
OUR CUSTOMERS, AND CUSTOMER
SERVICE THESE KEY. WE NEED TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE
TO COME AND TALK TO THE COUNCIL,
TALK TO THE MAYOR. I WANT TO HAVE REGULAR MEETINGS
WITH THE PUBLIC.>>I WANT TO GO BACK TO MY
PASSION, AND THAT IS THE SAFETY
FOR THE CITIZENS OF BENTONVILLE.>>WE CAN’T BE ACTIVE IN THE
COMMUNITY UNLESS WE KNOW WHAT
YOUR PRIORITIES ARE AND MAKE
SURE WE ARE CAN — ACCOUNTABLE
TO YOU PAIGE: — ACCOUNTABLE TO
YOU. PAIGE: WE HAD A CHANCE TO TALK
CHARLIE TURNER TONIGHT. HE SAID HE IS NOT A POLITICIAN
AND THAT IS PART OF HIS APPEAL. I HAVE BEEN IN BENTONVILLE
FOR 54 YEARS, AND I WOULD LIKE
TO SEE SOME CHANGES. THEY’VE GOT A PRETTY GOOD THING
GOING, BUT THERE ARE STILL
THINGS I WOULD LIKE TO SEE
CHANGED. ONE THING I WOUL LIKEIS, IF
THEY WOULD LIKE TO STAY, I NOT
OUT TO GET RID OF ANYBODY. THEY ARE GOING TO KEEP THEIR JOB
IF THEY WANT TO STAY. PAIGE: TURNER SAYS HE WOULD
COLLABORATE WIT THE CITY’S
DEPARTMENT HEADS AND THE

One thought on “Bentonville mayoral candidates face off in forum

  1. It's a shame that all they have are these evangelical, anti-immigrant Republicans to choose from who cling onto their Confederate statues.
    If they support Trump they're either extremely naive or simply untrustworthy.

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