CONWAY — Growth and crime are two common issues at least two of the four candidates running for City Council would like to address if elected to a four-year term in the Nov. 5 election.
Incumbent William Goldfinch did not respond to The Sun News’ election questionnaire.
Incumbents Jean M. Timbes, Irby Koon and challenger Randle L. Alford, a former Conway council member, outlined their three top issues they think the city of Conway is facing and how they think the issues can be addressed.
“My top three issues for Conway would be eliminating drugs and crime from all our neighborhoods so citizens will be safe in their homes,” Timbes said. Also, “promoting more tourism and assisting small businesses in our community to boost economy, and monitoring issues related to growth and the budget so our citizens do not have additional tax or fees in this struggling economy. We should curb expenses before allowing more taxation.”
Koon said with the work council has done over the years, making adjustments as priorities change, he is hard-pressed to make a distinctive list of what is needed.
“My top three issues or challenges facing us at present are keeping spending under control and maintaining a strong fiscal balance, keeping our fingers on the pulse of community needs and responding accordingly and educating ourselves as to new approaches and means of improving the quality of life for all citizens of Conway,” he said.
Alford said bringing new businesses to the city, making government more efficient and reducing crime and poverty by 50 percent over eight years are the key issues.
“We have a great location near a major resort and simply have to make contact with businesses that are looking to expand while taking care not to compete with existing shop owners who are already meeting the local demand for a product or service,” he said. “Economic growth, education and family life all play a role here. The city can make certain that the police have the best in training and technology for crime fighting.”
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