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By Martin Couch
Alan Kays is running for Ward 1, Position 2 Bryant alderman based on his[more] focus of community service.
"I believe a public servant's number one priority should be serving the citizens," Kays said. "Government at any level is most effective and efficient when it seeks a fair compromise between differing opinions to best address the long-term needs of many."
Kays, a former United States Marine, has worked for Habitat for Humanity and assisted with the annual candlelight gala for the Arkansas Museum.
"My contributions to these and other organizations throughout much of my life, represent my commitment to serving others," Kays said.
Kays has held a door-to-door campaign to discuss issues concerning Ward 1 residents. He has also attended fundraisers and public events.
"I have offered to debate my opponent to allow the citizens to see that I am the candidate that stands on my own," Kays said. "I make decisions based on facts and I am not a puppet for former or present aldermen."
Managing the growth of the city is a major focus of Kays' campaign.
"We must continue to responsibly manage growth and invest in resources such as our schools, our parks, our senior citizens and our children," he said. "And we must continue to maintain our infrastructure, including our police and fire departments."
Kays wants to work with citizens to address concerns over water and sewer rates and the Raymar Road project.
"I will not forget who built Bryant," he said. "The foundation created by our longtime citizens has made Bryant a community unrivaled by others throughout Arkansas. The reason is simple, our people care and want to have a great place to live and raise children.
"I see Bryant continuing to serve as a sterling model for other cities," Kays continued. "Unrivaled in education, sports, parks and volunteer organizations. Thriving, but still small enough to know your neighbors."