In­cum­bent, Chal­lenger Vie For Coun­cil Seat

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Lynn Kut­ter

Editor’s note: The En­ter­prise-Leader will run ar­ti­cles on mu­nic­i­pal can­di­dates and mu­nic­i­pal is­sues for the next month lead­ing up to the Nov. 6 gen­eral elec­tion. FARM­ING­TON — A life­long res­i­dent of Farm­ing­ton and a rel­a­tive new­comer are run­ning for the four-year term to rep­re­sent Ward 4 on Farm­ing­ton City Coun­cil.

Their race for the Po­si­tion 2 seat is the only Farm­ing­ton race that will ap­pear on the Nov. 6 gen­eral elec­tion bal­lot. The other in­cum­bents do not have op­po­nents for their po­si­tions.

Their race is the only Farm­ing­ton race that will ap­pear on the Nov. 6 gen­eral elec­tion bal­lot. The other in­cum­bents do not have op­po­nents for their po­si­tions.

While the two are seek­ing to rep­re­sent Ward 4, all reg­is­tered vot­ers in the city of Farm­ing­ton will have the op­por­tu­nity to cast a vote for ei­ther of the can­di­dates.

Shelly Pars­ley, 52, has served on the City Coun­cil for six years. She is a grad­u­ate of Farm­ing­ton High School and her chil­dren grad­u­ated from Farm­ing­ton schools. Pars­ley has lived all her life in Farm­ing­ton.

Pars­ley was em­ployed by J.B. Hunt for 20 years. She now is dis­abled and no longer able to work.

Philip Mi­ley, 66, has lived in Farm­ing­ton for 5½ years, mov­ing to Farm­ing­ton from Jones­boro where he was trea­surer and an el­der at First Pres­by­te­rian Church.

Mi­ley is re­tired with a back­ground in fi­nan­cial man­age­ment. He has a bach­e­lor of sci­ence de­gree in ac­count­ing from Arkansas State Uni­ver­sity and passed the CPA exam in No­vem­ber 1974.

Since mov­ing to Farm­ing­ton, Mi­ley has been in­volved with Val­ley View Es­tates Prop­erty Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion where he helped de­velop and or­ga­nize the fi­nan­cial sys­tems and covenant com­pli­ant sys­tems for the as­so­ci­a­tion. He also was in­volved in the ini­tial set up and re­struc­tur­ing of the com­mu­nity sewer sys­tem that ser­vices Val­ley View es­tates sub­di­vi­sions and oth­ers in the area.

Pars­ley was ac­tive with her chil­dren’s school ac­tiv­i­ties while they were in school and as­sists with var­i­ous city projects as needed.

The En­ter­prise-Leader asked the Farm­ing­ton can­di­dates to an­swer the fol­low­ing ques­tions about run­ning for of­fice.

Ques­tion: Why are you run­ning for this po­si­tion?

Pars­ley: “To help my com­mu­nity, to make sure we have all the city ser­vices our grow­ing town needs and to play for fu­ture growth.”

Mi­ley: “It seems that the cur­rent City Coun­cil is more in­ter­ested in im­prove­ments made to the down­town ar­eas of Farm­ing­ton. While I agree that im­prove­ments to the ap­pear­ance of the down­town area are im­por­tant, I be­lieve that im­prove­ments to res­i­den­tial ar­eas are ac­tu­ally more im­por­tant than the down­town area. As I drive around the Farm­ing­ton area, I see homes that are well-de­vel­oped and main­tained and next to that home may be a res­i­dence that has not been main­tained. This hurts the prop­erty val­ues of the sur­round­ing homes and makes that area un­de­sir­able for po­ten­tial new­com­ers to our com­mu­nity.

“I am also in­ter­ested in the de­vel­op­ment of the Farm­ing­ton City Park. Farm­ing­ton re­ceived a do­na­tion of land a cou­ple of years ago that was to be used to im­prove and ex­pand our city park. The City Coun­cil has plans to de­velop, but as I drive by the park area, I see no progress be­ing made. I think that a good city park would be an at­trac­tion for more peo­ple want­ing to move to our area. I would like to see the city de­velop paved walk­ing/bik­ing trail, a splash pad for the chil­dren, a disk golf course, a mu­sic pav­il­ion, more shaded pic­nic ar­eas, and an area for a small farm­ers mar­ket.”

Ques­tion: What do you con­sider are some of your qual­i­fi­ca­tions to serve as a City Coun­cil mem­ber?

Mi­ley: “I have over 40 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in fi­nan­cial man­age­ment. I started my ca­reer work­ing for a CPA firm spe­cial­iz­ing in au­dits of var­i­ous com­pa­nies. Af­ter many years in pub­lic ac­count­ing I left to work in pri­vate in­dus­try. I had ca­reers in bank­ing and other fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions, health­care fi­nan­cial ad­min­is­tra­tion, and self-em­ploy­ment, work­ing with small busi­nesses to in­stall and cus­tom­ize au­to­mated fi­nan­cial sys­tems.”

Pars­ley: “My past ex­pe­ri­ence helps me know where the city is headed growth wise. I am a good lis­tener and I lis­ten to what the ci­ti­zens tell me and can make good choices with­out tak­ing po­lit­i­cal sides.”

Ques­tion: Do you have ideas for lo­cal im­prove­ments that you think have not been dis­cussed or con­sid­ered pub­licly?

Pars­ley: “I would like to come up with ideas for our youth to have things to do, and places for fam­ily-friendly ac­tiv­i­ties in our town. Also, look at some pet friendly projects. We just fin­ished our strate­gic plan­ning for the next 5-10 years and we have sev­eral projects that the city coun­cil will be pri­or­i­tiz­ing dur­ing the bud­get cy­cle for 2019.”

Mi­ley: “Yes. Pro­vid­ing the in­fra­struc­ture for de­vel­op­ment of all res­i­den­tial ar­eas zoned R-1. Com­mu­nity sewer sys­tems have ul­ti­mately failed and can be an en­vi­ron­men­tal hazard.”

Ques­tion: What will be some of your goals if elected?

Mi­ley: “I will work to en­sure the city has proper City Or­di­nances in place to pro­mote res­i­den­tial ar­eas. I will work to see that the Or­di­nances are en­forced by the City. This must be done to pro­tect prop­erty val­ues and to make Farm­ing­ton a more at­trac­tive place to live and raise a fam­ily.”

Pars­ley: “To make sure the High­way 170 project is on track and com­pleted in a timely man­ner. The safety of that high­way is im­por­tant for the school traf­fic and res­i­dents that travel that road. To con­tinue to make good fi­nan­cial de­ci­sions for the tax­payer dol­lars.”

Ques­tion: Is there is any other in­for­ma­tion you would like to share about your­self as a can­di­date for elected of­fice?

Parlsey: “I grew up in this town and have seen all the growth and many changes to our town and school. I am very proud the ci­ti­zens of Farm­ing­ton have al­lowed me to rep­re­sent Ward 4 for the last 6 years. I keep an open mind and lis­ten to all ci­ti­zens and try to make the right choice based on what’s best for the city. I have no agenda other than to keep Farm­ing­ton the great city it is and to give back to my home­town. I make sure I do my home­work and I am in­formed about the is­sues be­fore the city coun­cil.”

Mi­ley: “I am re­tired and have the time to de­vote to the City. I have been mar­ried 47 years to my wife San­dra. We have two grown sons, Jasen and his wife Heather, who live in Fayet­teville, and Jeff who lives in Ashville, N.C. We moved to Farm­ing­ton in April 2013 af­ter liv­ing in Jones­boro, Ark., for nearly 45 years. We moved to be closer to fam­ily and we looked all over NWA be­fore choos­ing Farm­ing­ton. We ab­so­lutely love it here. Peo­ple are so nice and friendly. We could not have picked a bet­ter place to move.

“Farm­ing­ton Ward 4 is mostly com­prised of res­i­dents liv­ing in five ma­jor sub­di­vi­sions south of High­way 62. I live in Val­ley View Es­tates, the largest of the five sub­di­vi­sions. The other sub­di­vi­sions are Twin Falls, Mead­owSweet, Wal­nut Grove, and Sad­dle Brook. Although my op­po­nent re­sides on the north side of High­way 62, I strongly be­lieve the needs of Ward 4 can best be met by some­one who lives in and can re­late to the is­sues we have in the ma­jor sub­di­vi­sions of Ward 4.

“I am an in­de­pen­dent thinker and not swayed by po­lit­i­cal in­flu­ence. I will study each is­sue that comes be­fore the City Coun­cil and vote in the best in­ter­ests of Farm­ing­ton ci­ti­zens.”

Pars­ley

Mi­ley

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