Bryant woman runs for first term on city council

Jo Anna Brown has announced her candidacy for the Ward 3, Position 1 seat on the Bryant City Council.
The position currently is held by Adrian Henley, who has filed as a mayoral candidate.

Brown said she moved to Arkansas 15 years ago and to Bryant eight years ago when she was looking for a city "with strong family values in a community that would have a positive influence on our lives" and where she could raise her daughter.

Brown has worked in the water/wastewater field for more than 14 years and said this experience would help her as an alderman.

"As alderman I'll put to use my knowledge and experience with public and private partnerships and resources, helping Bryant and Ward 3 … to support sustainable economic development, lower our wastewater rates and aid in providing a safe quality of life for our residents," she said.

She also said she would pursue efforts to obtain a stoplight at the intersection of Wilkerson and Reynolds roads near Hill Farm Elementary.

"Our residents need someone to advocate at City Hall on their behalf," Brown said. "There are so many positive things happening in Bryant, but also some important issues that will require well-informed, thoughtful approaches and creative tools over the next coming years.

"As an almost eight-year resident of Bryant, with children in the school system, I have as much at stake in this election as anyone else," she said. "True and honest leadership is the answer to our problems. I will be that alderman — one you can be proud of, one who will help the city and ward grow into a vibrant community, and one who will always do her best to protect your interest."

Brown holds two Bachelor of Business Administration degrees in marketing and advertising/public relations from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She was selected by her classmates to serve as their student marshal to represent them during graduation, she said.

Brown and her husband, Adrian, have three daughters, Tristann, 16, Layla, 4, and Hadleigh, 2. They are expecting another daughter, who is due on Nov. 4, Election Day.

R.E. Higginbotham is also a candidate for the council position.