Vot­ers have a choice: Ex­pe­ri­ence or new?

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - FRONT PAGE - AN­NETTE BEARD abeard@nwadg.com

Sandy But­ton and Michael Aaron Kel­ley are both seek­ing the po­si­tion of city clerk/trea­surer.

But­ton has held the elected po­si­tion since 1985, ex­cept for a brief hia­tus from 2000-05 when she moved out of the city lim­its. She cur­rently fills three po­si­tions within the city gov­ern­ment. She is hired as of­fice man­ager (since Au­gust 1977) and hired as court clerk (since No­vem­ber 1977) in ad­di­tion to be­ing elected clerk/ trea­surer. She earns $61,068 for a 36-hour work week as of­fice man­ager and court clerk.

The city clerk po­si­tion earns $200 per Coun­cil meet­ing at­tended. Ac­cord­ing to Arkansas State Law, the city clerk/recorder/trea­surer is re­spon­si­ble for sup­port, record­keep­ing and checks and bal­ances.

Dur­ing her open­ing state­ment, But­ton said: “If you’re sit­ting here tonight, it means you want an­swers. You want to make sure I care as much as you do. Change is a good thing and I re­spect that. But ex­pe­ri­ence is a good thing, too.

“Just go to a foot­ball game on Fri­day night to see the sup­port … I’m proud that our city and school com­mu­ni­cate so well to­gether. We are cog­nizant with our rev­enue. We’ve al­ways had per­fect au­dits and I thank the peo­ple I work with for ac­cu­racy and ded­i­ca­tion to the job.”

Kel­ley said he’s been in Pea Ridge about two and a half to three years “but it hasn’t taken

me long to fall in love with the city. Fri­day nights are where it’s at. Fam­ily is es­sen­tial here.”

“I’ve al­ways been in­ter­ested in pol­i­tics and am not afraid of a chal­lenge. Look — 40 years ver­sus 0 years! I’m ei­ther not afraid of a chal­lenge or re­ally dumb. I ap­pre­ci­ate Pea Ridge and am happy to have the op­por­tu­nity to run for clerk,” Kel­ley said.

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