Get to Know Your Candidates: John Skaggs


BENTONVILLE, Ark. (Fox 24) — Election Day is quickly approaching, and there’s a lot of names you may be seeing and hearing around town. As Your Local Election Headquarters, we want to help you get to know your candidates. 

In one of the more closely watched contests, there are five candidates vying to become the next Bentonville Mayor. 

Over the next few days, our team will profile each one in our newscasts. Alex Caprariello introduces you to one of your candidates — John Skaggs.

“I’ve had years of experience dealing with people. Some very difficult people. But dealing with people problems,” said John Skaggs, a Bentonville mayoral candidate. 

Skaggs says years in the court system has prepared him to become the next mayor of Bentonville. 

“I’ve seen how they operate. It is a huge job. It’s a job in which they have a great deal of help,” Skaggs said. 

A graduate of Bentonville High class of 1963, Skaggs spent years in Benton County as a municipal judge, district judge and city council member. 

“My main objective is to get people to communicate with city government and talk to us about what they are thinking, what their problems are and what solutions they will bring,” Skaggs said. 

Skaggs says his vision goes beyond Bentonville city limits. He envisions a future where all of Northwest Arkansas works as one. 

“We need to learn how to cooperate and communicate with each other. I’m talking about one city to another.” said Skaggs. “Transportation issues, housing issues, those all require interconnection.”  

And that those solutions won’t be reached unless he gives people the platform to speak up. 

“There are barriers that have been erected in order to make it difficult for people to really express what they think, and that’s frustrating for citizens, and I’ve got to change that,” Skaggs said. 

Skaggs says his best qualities are being a good listener, being friendly to others and not being afraid to make decisions. He hopes people will elect him so they can see it in action. 

That concludes our series of getting to know your candidates. Make sure you’re following the Bentonville mayoral election right here on Fox 24, Your Local Election Headquarters. 

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