Two seek City Coun­cil seat

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - FRONT PAGE - AN­NETTE BEARD [email protected]

GARFIELD — Only one of four po­si­tions on the Garfield City Coun­cil is con­tested. Coun­cil mem­ber Jim Teeselink is seek­ing re-elec­tion. Ellen King is also seek­ing the seat.

Coun­cil mem­ber Barry Kit­ter­man filed for re-elec­tion and faces no op­po­si­tion.

Coun­cil mem­ber Terry War­ren is not seek­ing re-elec­tion and David H. Ed­wards filed for his seat.

Coun­cil mem­ber Kather­ine Shook filed for mayor; no one filed for her seat.

Teeselink and King an­swered ques­tions at a fo­rum Mon­day night in the com­mu­nity room at the North­east Ben­ton County Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment Sta­tion 1. Mod­er­a­tor was Greg Har­ton, ed­i­to­rial page ed­i­tor of the North­west Arkansas Demo­crat Gazette. The fo­rum was hosted by The Pea Ridge TIMES.

In his open­ing state­ment, Teeselink said: “I’ve been proud to serve on the coun­cil for the past two years, rep­re­sent­ing the city. We moved to Arkansas in ’81 and to Garfield in ’94. I re­tired from Bekaert and be­fore that, Scott Pa­per Com­pany. It’s not like I’m a job hop­per.

“I’ve re­ally en­joyed my last two years on coun­cil. I’ve learned a lot. I never thought I’d ever, ever run for a po­lit­i­cal po­si­tion… peo­ple have reached out to me and called me on cer­tain things. I’ve al­ways fol­lowed up — taken them to the mayor or to city hall. I’ve never not fol­lowed up. I’ve al­ways be­lieved hon­esty, in­tegrity, con­sis­tency are the keys to a strong life and a strong com­mu­nity. “

King, who said she’s been in the area since 1991, said she has seen a lot of change in the area. She said she served on the City Coun­cil a lit­tle more than three years af­ter be­ing ap­pointed to fill a va­cancy cre­ated when her hus­band, Dale King, then a coun­cil mem­ber, was elected to the Ben­ton County Quo­rum Court.

“I’m also on the Plan­ning Board right now and have been for the past 15 years. What we have ac­com­plished is do­ing the zon­ing, zon­ing map, tak­ing and sit­ing down and putting to­gether and lis­ten­ing to peo­ple who wanted to have a lot split, send it to the City Coun­cil … get­ting Elkhorn Tav­ern in here, the doc­tor’s of­fice. When I was on the City Coun­cil, I took and stopped SWEPCO from com­ing in here. Our bud­get­ing was right on the money every month. We didn’t have to worry about it.”

TIMES pho­to­graph by An­nette Beard

City Coun­cil mem­ber Jim Teeselink and op­po­nent Ellen King an­swered ques­tions about their vi­sion for city at a fo­rum in the com­mu­nity room at the North­east Ben­ton County Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment sta­tion 1.

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