Fort Smith Mayoral Candidates Talk Hot Button Issues with Community


The three candidates running for Fort Smith Mayor discussed hot button issues with the community Tuesday.

The Fort Smith Public library was standing room only with people wanting to meet and learn more about their next mayor.

The three people vying to take over the current Mayor Sandy Sanders position are Luis Andrade, George McGill and Wayne Haver.  

The League of River Valley voters hosted the forum. 

Many issues were brought up by the crowd including immigration and city issues like poverty but the main focus from all the candidates was how to attract more people to live in Fort Smith. 

We spoke with all three candidates to get their thoughts on how they plan on keeping more people in this town. 

“Bring in industry. And to bring in the kind of things that hold our young people here. So I’m going to work with the city administrator and city directors to try and achieve that goal,”said Haver./

“It comes down to economic development. Are we going to do more for the businesses that are here, and get businesses wanting to come here. I think if our leadership starts to change the mind set that we currently have into a mindset that really provides and does more for businesses then things are really going to start getting better,” explained Audrade.

“What young people look for is a place that they like then they search for a job opportunity. So, we need to make sure that all the things they enjoy the hiking, trails and biking, outdoor activities and night life,” said McGill.

The primary is August 14th. 

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