Why I Am Running For City Board
I’m running for the Siloam Springs Board of Directors At-Large Position 5 because I love our beautiful hometown, and I want to make sure we hand a vibrant city to our children and grandchildren. Siloam Springs is a great place to discover the wonders of life, to work hard and play hard, and to enjoy the blessings God has given us in our family and friends.
Siloam Springs combines the best of traditional American values with forward-thinking, progressive quality-of-life initiatives to make this one of the best small towns in the country. Let’s preserve the great things and continue the work to make our community even better.
If elected, I will work with the other board members and our city administrator to advance four priorities: economic development, quality-of-life improvement, cost-effective governance and limited government.
1. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
One critical pillar of a strong community is an abundance of good, secure jobs. Good jobs mean economic freedom and strong families, which leads to good citizens, creating social dividends. The absence of jobs leads to economic depression, desperation, crime and community atrophy. Siloam Springs should continue to promote economic development policies that drive job growth and opportunities for the working men and women who provide for our families.
2. QUALITY OF LIFE
Strong churches, good schools, vibrant marketplaces, beautiful parks and other community amenities have vastly improved the quality of life in Siloam Springs, especially in the last decade. The City needs to continue to support the ongoing quality-of-life initiatives in Siloam Springs, and keep expanding its base of partners and allies in the business, non-profit, education and faith-based communities.
3. COST-EFFECTIVE GOVERNANCE
The taxpayers of Siloam Springs expect their board members to make sure that our money is spent wisely and not wasted on redundancies, ill-conceived projects or bloated bureaucracy. I will work with the city administrator to make sure continuing budget expenditures are challenged and stand up to scrutiny of appropriate, thorough review. It’s okay to ask hard questions, with civility, about how the city is spending its citizen’s money — in fact, I believe that is one of the most important jobs of the board.
4. LIMITED GOVERNMENT
Government has an important role in our society, even at the city level, but government must be sharply focused. Limited government is necessary for continued prosperity, and unnecessary government stifles economic development, imposes on the liberty that is the foundation of our quality of life, and by definition is wasteful. We must be very careful at all levels of government to not pass laws that needlessly restrict individual freedoms. “Every unnecessary law helps fashion the noose we will ultimately be hung by.” ― A.E. Samaan