Gary Garner, a teacher in the Benton School District, has announced his bid for the Ward 3, Position 1 seat on the Benton City Council.
Garner said he "chose Benton to raise my family because I believe it takes a community to raise a family, and this community has made that a great experience.
"I have two sons that have graduated from Benton High school and my other son is currently a senior there," he said. "It has been rewarding to see them grow and mature at our top-notch school district that has always had great test scores."
He says he wants to be a part of strengthening "an already great family atmosphere in Benton."
"Benton is one of the safest places to raise a family because our policemen and firefighters are unbelievable," he said. "Our school resource officers do a great job in the Benton School District. They bond with the teachers and touch countless lives. Our city needs to back them without reservation."
Garner has been teaching in Benton for 15 years and currently teaches eighth-grade math at Benton Junior High along with a couple of nights at Pulaski Technical College.
"My family goes to Northside Church of Christ," Garner noted.
"My wife and I graduated from Harding University along with our oldest son. My middle son is a senior at Henderson State. Our youngest is a senior at Benton High this year."
He called Benton "an excellent place to live."
He said he worked in radio growing up and since that time has been self-employed.
"I have been vice president of a small investment banking firm, have written sports stories for the Benton Courier, and after working in the business sector I decided to get involved with my community by becoming a teacher and now have been teaching for 18 years. I am ready to put all my past experiences to work as Ward 3, Position 1 alderman on the Benton City Council."
Garner says it has always been a dream of his to get into politics at some level, but family has always come first.
"It is now time to act on my dream and run for a seat on the Benton City Council," he said.
"Benton is a growing community and I would very much like to have input in future growth. The first priority is always to find more jobs. Benton is full of wonderful people and it is time that more people look here in Benton to find not just a house but a home and a community to help them raise a family."
The Ward 3, Position 1 seat on the council currently is held by Alderman Bill Donnor.