Ward 2 can­di­date: Chris­tian Hen­ning

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• Back­ground

Chris­tian Hen­ning has lived in Bella Vista since 2008. He’s pre­vi­ously lived in Spain and Cal­i­for­nia.

Hen­ning works as a preschool teacher in Ben­tonville.

Hen­ning said he has at­tended lead­er­ship sum­mits in the state and na­tional cap­i­tals and served as com­man­der of the Sons of the Amer­i­can Le­gion in

Ben­tonville and Rogers.

“I’ve man­aged hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars,” he said.

He’s also at­tended Boys State, a mock govern­ment pro­gram in Lit­tle Rock put on by the Amer­i­can Le­gion.

He had a coun­selor, he said, who be­came mayor at 18.

“That’s ac­tu­ally where I got in­spired to run for city coun­cil,” he said. “I fig­ured if he could do it then I could cer­tainly run for city coun­cil at 20.”

• On city coun­cil

“The big­gest thing is get­ting in­volved with the com­mu­nity,” Hen­ning said. “You can’t rep­re­sent the peo­ple if you don’t know the peo­ple.”

Spend­ing time in pub­lic, in­ter­act­ing with peo­ple and see­ing what they want is es­sen­tial for a coun­cil mem­ber, he said.

His goals, if elected, are to in­crease eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and at­tract more busi­ness. In par­tic­u­lar, he said, he’d like to see a ho­tel and the re­turn of a movie the­ater.

“Make sure Bella Vista is a city where peo­ple of all ages and from all back­grounds are wel­come,” he said.

• The is­sues

Hen­ning said he be­lieves in­fra­struc­ture should be a top pri­or­ity.

“We still have peo­ple liv­ing on un­paved streets or dam­aged streets,” he said.

The city also suf­fers from a lack of en­ter­tain­ment op­tions, he said, which means po­ten­tial tax rev­enue for Bella Vista is go­ing to neigh­bor­ing cities.

The city and POA should have a close work­ing re­la­tion­ship, he said, but re­main sep­a­rate en­ti­ties.

“They need to work to­gether for the bet­ter­ment of the city and the peo­ple they rep­re­sent,” he said.

The key to han­dling growth, Hen­ning said, is to be ready to adapt and change. If growth changes the area, he said, the city needs to be flex­i­ble enough to change with it.

“We need fresh, new ideas in Bella Vista and I think I’m a good op­tion to bring those ideas and rep­re­sent the peo­ple and the city,” Hen­ning said.


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