A CLOSER LOOK: Rogers city council candidates

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ARKANSAS (KNWA/KFTA) — Four people are running for two city council seats in Rogers.

The city has a population of nearly 56,000 as of the 2010 census. It’s the sixth most populated city in the state.

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The election is on November 3.

COUNCIL MEMBER WARD 1, POSITION 2


COUNCIL MEMBER WARD 3, POSITION 2

KNWA/FOX24 asked the candidates three general questions about Arkansas and its dynamics

  • Briefly, what are the issues you feel need to be immediately addressed in Rogers, for example, roads, water systems, environment, community safety?
  • Overall, what can Arkansas do to improve its economy?
  • Please share your stance on the current discussion surrounding race in America and what you feel the state/city should do to address this?

RESPONSES

April Legere

April Legere: Rogers is currently experiencing tremendous growth. That is both exciting and troublesome at the same time. Our current infrastructure will quickly fall behind without a clear, communicated growth strategy. For example, we must keep the needs of our residents first and address basic, public safety items such as sidewalks to provide a safe way for our residents to get about. Smart growth becomes palatable when residents are educated in the process and their current needs are met.

I would like to speak specifically to the city of Rogers. Technology and the future of work should be the focus. As automation continues to evolve, the skillset of the worker must evolve as well. By creating strong partnerships with organizations that understand the impact of technology on the workforce, we can create an environment that meets the needs of organizations to do business in our city.

My platform is based on this topic; community, culture, growth. As a country, a narrative has been created that is no longer acceptable to its people. Education is key to understanding the past so the future can be defined as something we are all proud of. Again, speaking specifically to the city of Rogers, we have an opportunity before us to elect diverse leadership to represent the city to help guide and define future actions. Education programs, diversity, and inclusion councils as well as opportunities to lead in the community can begin to shift the narrative. Simply put, representation matters.

April Legere, Ward 3, Position 2 candidate

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