Alan Kays will vie for Position 2, Ward 1 of Bryant City Council in the Nov. 6 general election.
The position currently is held by Danny Steele, who is not seeking another term.
Kays' opponent is Wade Permenter. Aldermanic races are nonpartisan.
Kays said the main reason he is running for the council position is to "restore focus on City Council to our citizens." Particularly, he wants to hone in on supporting children and senior citizens.
One area where Kays thinks the city could use some work is walking access to schools. "There are few sidewalks — if any — that connect the schools to our neighborhoods," he said. "When children have to walk home, they are walking on the side of the road, through yards and sometimes even through ditches."
As a member of the council, Kays said he will be aggressive in seeking grants to benefit the residents.
Kays is currently the chairman of the Bryant Water/Waste Water Committee, where he has served three years, according to a press release from Kays. He is a project manager and estimator for Flynco Inc., a commercial general contractor.
Kays also is a U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran of the Persian Gulf War.
"My roots are planted firmly in Bryant," Kays said, "and it’s time to unite our city government and citizens and move forward in a positive manner. As I continue to serve our city, I want to spend the next two years seeing what I can do to help repair Bryant’s image."
Kays feels that he has a special perspective to bring to Bryant’s water issues, stemming from his experience as chairman for the city’s Water/Waste Water Committee.
"We’ve come a long way," he said. "Our new water tower was just the beginning of ensuring that Bryant residents’ water needs are met in years to come. But much work remains, and I also want to be a part of the dialogue if and when rate adjustments are made, to lessen the impact on our residents."
Kays also serves as a board member of Keep Bryant Beautiful. He was the project manager for the Bryant Senior Activity Center kitchen remodeling in 2011.
Kays is committed to "developing and maintaining our parks and green spaces, not just along Reynolds Road," he said. He believes it's important to foster the growth of, for example, Mills Park and maintain and add to its amenities.
Kays and his family currently attend Midtowne Church. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in science and construction engineering technology.
Kays, along with his wife and four children, have been Bryant residents for nine years.