Municipal candidate filings started at noon on Wednesday and will continue through noon on Wednesday, Aug. 10.
Up in November are Mayor, City Clerk, City Attorney, and the position 2 Council member in each of Maumelle's 4 wards.
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While the list won’t be final until next week, here’s some highlights of candidates who have filed so far.
On Wednesday morning, I filed to run for reelection to the Maumelle City Council. It's been an absolute pleasure representing Maumelle these past four years and I look forward to serving the community for many years to come. Our city has made a lot of progress making Maumelle a desirable place to live, work, and play. This continues to keep us on the radar for people and businesses that want to locate here. We've got to keep pushing forward to make sure Maumelle remains a great city where we can thrive. That starts with us as residents. Stay informed and get involved where you can. Voice your interests and desires to your elected officials. When a community comes together and works to build a better city, then we'll all reap the fruits of that labor in the decades to come. I strongly believe Maumelle will be one of the most desirable places in Arkansas to live and grow a business in the coming years. Thank you for letting me serve in this role for the past four years and I hope you'll join me as we keep moving Maumelle forward.
Maumelle Mayor Caleb Norris announced Wednesday that he will run for re-election and filed the paperwork to put his name on the November ballot. Norris, who was elected to his first term as mayor in 2018, previously served on the Maumelle City Council and as Maumelle’s City Attorney.
It will be a contested Mayoral race as Jodie Mahoney has also been campaigning for the position.
In a press release, Norris said, “During my first campaign, I promised that I would be a good steward of tax dollars, support law enforcement and public safety, and modernize the way the city operates. I have kept those promises. As I embark on my reelection campaign, I pledge to continue to focus on Maumelle’s immediate needs, to anticipate and prepare for what we’ll need in the coming years, and to represent Maumelle residents with integrity.”
Norris also listed out some of his accomplishments in his first term as mayor.
𝐈𝐦𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧𝐟𝐫𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞: The I-40 interchange was completed; Funding for street repairs and improvements increased by 33 percent; Implemented a long-term pavement preservation program; Initiated public planning process for improvements and extensions to city trails.
𝐒𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐥𝐚𝐰 𝐞𝐧𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐜𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬: Raised salaries for police officers, fire fighters, and dispatchers; Increased the number of emergency dispatchers; Developed funding system to ensure police officers are properly equipped and that police vehicles are in top shape.
𝐋𝐞𝐝 𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐜 𝐝𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐥𝐨𝐩𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐛𝐲 𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐛𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬: Tractor Supply announced it would open a distribution center, which is under construction; Kimberly Clark expanded its facility; Amazon opened a distribution center; Molex, Dillard’s, and PepsiCo expanded their facilities.
𝐈𝐦𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐌𝐚𝐮𝐦𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐞’𝐬 𝐪𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞: City-built Splash Pad for families; Secured funding to build an all-inclusive playground adjacent to the splash pad; Initiated planning for a city food truck park and farmers market; Two senior living centers are under construction in Maumelle.
Christine Gronwald filed her paperwork to run for Ward 1 Position 2 for Maumelle City Council. In a Facebook post she explained her reasons, “Living in Maumelle for nearly 9 years, my family and I have watched this city grow and have enjoyed all it has to offer. I hope to serve the city and its residents to keep Maumelle moving forward while maintaining its strong community foundation. I believe in responsible economic development, excellence in education, community safety and listening to the voices of Ward 1. I look forward to the conversations and work ahead over the next few months as we come together in service of the city we love.”