Get to Know Your Candidates: Terry Shannon

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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. Fox 24’s Alex Caprariello introduces you to one of your candidates — Terry Shannon.

“If you were to walk with me downtown, you’ll see people come up to me and call me by name,” Shannon said.

Although he’s only lived in Bentonville for just over four years, Terry Shannon says he’s become engrained in the city.

“I’m an Irishman and I’m a fighter. And I will fight for the people of Bentonville, too,” Shannon said.

Shannon says he’s moved around and helped communities across the U.S,  including Minnesota, Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas.
    
He plans to use his platform to help small businesses in Bentonville grow and thrive. These shop owners were his motivation to run in the first place.

“I was a little hesitant at first because I didn’t want to go straight for mayor, but after they talked to me and gave me information, I decided to go for it and I’m glad I did.  I’ve been in a lot of the small businesses downtown and I know the problems that they have down there,” Shannon said.

A self-proclaimed god-fearing man, Shannon says he’ll use his faith to lead the city in a positive direction, tackling issues like housing and infrastructure with confidence.

“I have no question in my mind that I am going to be mayor of Bentonville, Arkansas. There never was a question from the day I started,” Shannon said.

Shannon called his vision for the future of Bentonville “a utopia,” and says he wants to work with the city council to make it the perfect place to live, work and play.

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