Realtors Association planning WM mayoral debate

Realtors Association planning WM mayoral debate

Candidates, community invited to public forum as election nears This November, West Memphis citizens will head to the polls to elect a new mayor for the first time in two decades. With the election less than four months away, the Eastern Arkansas Realtors Association is creating an opportunity for candidates and the community to come together this fall.

The association is making plans now for a Mayoral Debate on Tuesday, Oct.

16, at the Eugene Woods Civic Center in West Memphis, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The debate will be open to the public. The association plans to record the debate for local access television and it will be streamed live on Facebook.

“The community is welcome to join us,” said EARA president Jack Poff Jr. “In fact, residents can call or e-mail Diane McAdoo at the board office to submit questions for review ahead of the event.”

With longtime Mayor Bill Johnson declining to seek another term, the West Memphis mayor’s race is open, and a wide field of candidates is expected to contest for the seat.

“There is a lot of interest with this seat being open and so many projected candidates,” said EARA vicepresident Don Bell. “You will want to attend or watch this event.”

Mike Ford, who will be chairing the event, explained the role the association wants to play in the upcoming election.

“As Realtors, we help people invest in West Memphis through home buying,” he said. “We also encourage and support efforts to make this community attractive to both new and current residents alike. We are looking for a mayor who is ready to lead West Memphis in the next era.”

The event is free and open to the public as space allows. For more information or questions, contact Diane McAdoo at (870) 7354851, or via e-mail at easternarrealtorsassociation@ y

By Ralph Hardin