Wayne Croom announces WM City Council bid

Wayne Croom announces WM City Council bid

Spirit of service highlights candidate’s credentials

Longtime West Memphis resident and community leader Wayne Croom has announced his candidacy for the West Memphis City Council Ward 3, Position 2 seat.

“The reason I'm running for City Council is simple, but important,” said Croom. “I want to improve the 'quality of life' of the citizens of West Memphis — not only in my ward, but also throughout our great city.”

Croom outlined his definition of “quality of life.”

“Each of our citizens deserve to live in a safe environment, receive excellent educational opportunities, medical support, continual improvement of intracity transportation, and other city amenities,” he said. “I will work with our mayor and city council to enhance these aspects of our community.”

Croom has long been invested in the West Mem- phis community. For 40 years, he was a part of the city’s business and industry, working at Langston Companies, Inc., including serving as Plant Manager from 1990 to 2015. He has also dedicated time and energy to a number of civic groups and organizations, and is a veteran. Croom has been a member of the West Memphis Rotary since 1992, including a term as president in 2009. He has presided over the Mid-South Business and Industry Board since 2006, and served on the West Memphis Chamber of Commerce, including a term as president in 2008.

His other community service roles include: The Northeastern Workforce Board, the DeltaARTS of Crittenden County Board, the Steudlein Board of Directors, the Fallen Officers Memorial and co-chair of the Crittenden County Single Parent Scholarship Board. Croom said he wants to be available and accountable to the people of West Memphis.

“One of my favorite quotes comes from General Colin Powell which I keep on my desk. It reads ‘All work is honorable, so do your ever very best because someone is always watching,’” he said. “I serve no special interests. I’m not beholding to anyone except the people of this community.”

Croom added, “I would be remiss if I didn't thank Bob Langston and his family for allowing me the opportunity to manage the West Memphis Langston facility for 40 years. Bob introduced me to the local Rotary Club which I've been a member since 1992. I have served as the club Secretary and President. I also had the opportunity to serve as the Assistant District Governor.”

Community and family are at the core of his values.

“I'm a father and a grandfather,” said Croom. “My daughter Jessica taught at Riceland Elementary for a number of years and my son Derek works at the 8th Street Mission, assisting Pastor Larry Brown. I have three grandchildren Maggie, Manning, and Mason who I spend as much time with them as I can. I graduated from Marion High School where my claim to fame is that my graduation class was the first ‘Patriot’ class.”

Croom said he wants to work with other community leaders and city officials to build a safe, prosperous community for everyone.

“If we work together, we can make it happen,” he said. “And I’d appreciate your vote and your support.”