Farmer adds name to Bryant attorney pool
Bryant native Josh Farmer has announced his candidacy for Bryant city attorney.
Farmer said he has "big dreams" about what Bryant can become and hopes he can do his part to make the city a better place.
"It took decades for Bryant to build momentum of growth from an exit sign on the interstate to a bustling community," he said.
"We are now growing at speeds we could not have believed many years ago," he said. "I have benefited tremendously from being a part of this growing city, and I want to reinvest myself to continue building a strong foundation for long-term growth and community success into the future."
Currently, Bryant does not have an elected city attorney. Chris Madison serves as the city's staff attorney through an appointment from Mayor Jill Dabbs.
To date, the race has drawn one other candidate, Benton attorney Doug Mays.
Farmer predicted that several candidates will be vying for the seat, but believes he is "uniquely qualified."
The race will be included on the November general election ballot.
"Although I am still a fairly young man, I know that I am fully capable of successfully fulfilling this role and serving Bryant far beyond expectations," he said. "I hope that my candidacy signals the interest and involvement of a new generation of leaders for Bryant."
Farmer said his experience in working as an attorney for large corporations will help him as a city attorney.
"I think city governments and corporations have very similar goals and objectives from a legal standpoint," he said. "First, we have to manage and minimize our risks to the best of our ability.
"Second, we have to proactively work to achieve growth and serve our customers or citizens as best as we can," he said.
Farmer earned a bachelor's degree from Ouachita Baptist University, a master's degree in business administration at Henderson State University and a law degree at the University of Arkansas Little Rock Law School.
He currently works as an attorney at a large firm in Little Rock and is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
His wife Sarah is a pediatric dentist in Bryant.
Recently, the Farmers had their first child, a daughter Lucy.
"We are all eager to make Bryant the best home it can be for us and our neighbors and friends," he said.
When Farmer is not working, he said he enjoys a number of activities. He named these as volunteering at the local community center, following the successes of Bryant sports teams, spending time with his family, running, riding his bike, playing golf, cooking on his back deck, watching football, and working on projects with his dad, Tom Farmer, transportation director for the Bryant School District.