City coun­cil can­di­dates want co­op­er­a­tion

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Three men run­ning for City Coun­cil an­swered ques­tions at the Pea Ridge Mu­nic­i­pal Can­di­date Fo­rum Mon­day night. Ques­tions were pre­sented by Rusty Turner, ed­i­tor of the North­west Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette, par­ent com­pany of the Pea Ridge TIMES.

Cody Keene, can­di­date for Ward 2, Po­si­tion 2, faced no op­po­si­tion as in­cum­bent Lance San­ders, who ini­tially filed for re­elec­tion, has with­drawn from the elec­tion. His name will still be on the bal­lot.

In­cum­bent Bob Cot­ting­ham and Matt Ahart, are both seek­ing the Ward 1, Po­si­tion 2 seat. Coun­cil elec­tions are voted upon ci­ty­wide.

Cot­ting­ham, who said he has lived in Pea Ridge for 36 years, was ini­tially ap­pointed to the seat to fill a va­cancy in 2005. He was re-elected twice.

“I want to be sure that ev­ery cit­i­zen has a voice in the de­ci­sion mak­ing process,” Cot­ting­ham said.

Ahart, who said he moved to North­west Arkansas in 2001, said he has lived in Pea Ridge for three years.

“We re­ally like this town and have set our roots down here,” Ahart said, adding that he and his fam­ily looked at other ci­ties in the area and “chose Pea Ridge … We’re very ex­cited to be here and we just hope we can be here for many years to come.”

Keene said he’s a long-time res­i­dent of the area, was born in Rogers and grad­u­ated from Ben­tonville High School. “I re­ally

want to help con­tinue to grow this town and see it thrive.” Ques­tion: Ahart:

What’s your un­der­stand­ing the role of a City Coun­cil mem­ber?

“As a group to work to­gether as the leg­isla­tive branch of the city gov­ern­ment. The mayor and his ad­min­is­tra­tion would be the ex­ec­u­tive side. It’s im­por­tant as coun­cil

mem­bers to work as a team to make de­ci­sions for our fu­ture.”

Cot­ting­ham: “One thing I’ve al­ways tried to do is be in close con­tact with cit­i­zens of Pea Ridge, kind of as the spokesman for them. It’s para­mount that we work to­gether as a team un­der good lead­er­ship for what’s in the best in­ter­est of the peo­ple.”

Keene: “We all need to be to­gether as a uni­fied coun­cil, not di­vided, ar­gu­ing for de­ci­sions that best fit the com­mu­nity, not our own agenda… do­ing ex­actly what you guys ask us to do.” •••

Ed­i­tor’s note: This is the first of a two-part se­ries on the can­di­dates for Pea Ridge City Coun­cil.

TIMES pho­to­graph by An­nette Beard

Can­di­dates Cody Keene, Matt Ahart and Bob Cot­ting­ham spoke to about 50 peo­ple at­tend­ing a mu­nic­i­pal can­di­date fo­rum Mon­day evening in the cafe­te­ria at the high school. The fo­rum was spon­sored by The TIMES.

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