We moved to Conway in 1973 from Dallas. I came to Conway to help start what turned out to be Acxiom. I spent 34 years at Acxiom — retired in October 2007. I have grown up in Conway, and I have fallen in love with Conway through my involvement in many of the wonderful civic minded organizations that are a part of the fabric of our community. That is why I feel the need to speak out about the state Senate race between Jason Rapert and Tyler Pearson.
In 2008, I started a second career that outs[sic, I bet this is typo for puts] me on the campuses of the five research universities in Arkansas as well as in many of the corporate headquarters in Arkansas. I continue to be very proud of Conway, and the state is very impressed with the leadership that has helped drive the success of Conway — there are many positive factors that have helped drive a successful Conway.
I can’t tell you how many times in the past few years I have been asked the question, “in such a progressive, successful community like Conway — how was Jason Rapert elected to rerpresent Conway — it doesn’t make sense.” I don’t have a good answer. We have built a thriving community by having leaders who build consensus, represent all of our citizens and take the long view of progress. Divisive leaders, narrow thinkers, combative, confrontational leadership had had no part of what has taken place in Conway.
So I, like many of my friends, want to support a candidate, Tyler Pearson, who will work diligently to represent all of the citizens of our community and take a positiove, collaborative, inclusive approach rather than put forth a narrow, personal agenda that divides our community and our state.