Baptist seeking third term on Benton Council

Alderman Frank Baptist is seeking a third term to the Ward 1, Position 1 seat he holds on the Benton City Council.

Baptist has served on the council's Streets Committee for the past four years.

Reflecting on his time on the council, he noted that he has witnessed many improvements in the city, but said he has high expectations for even more projects to be instigated.

"I have helped respond to the city's needs, i.e., streets, drainage, parks, new civic center, recycling and future projects outlined in the mayor's annual state-of-the-city speech," he said.

Baptist also has served on the council's Personnel/Health and Safety Committee, Drainage Committee and Finance Committee.

He pointed out that although he specifically represents Ward 1, he serves residents of the entire city.
"Prioritization on projects is important in carrying out the needs of the city and its citizens," he said. "A comprehensive growth plan has been developed and I would like to continue to be a part of that process.
"I want the city of Benton to continue to be one of the best cities in Arkansas," he said. "I have worked with community leaders and have the experience to make responsible decisions.

"I am ever grateful for the hard-working citizens of Ward 1 for their support and to voters who have placed their trust in me," he added.

Baptist is a member of the Benton Area Chamber of Commerce and Golden 'K' Kiwanis Club and a former member of the Benton-Bauxite Rotary Club, Main Street Benton Board of Directors and Saline County Executives Association.

He has been a business owner and manager in Benton for 26 years. A veteran of the Vietnam War era, he amassed four years of military service before receiving an honorable discharge.

Baptist and wife Pat have been married for 45 years and have three daughters, Kim, Monica and Jennifer, and one granddaughter, Hannah.

"I want to continue to promote economic growth and help businesses become more successful," Baptist said. "I also want to follow up on the goals set by the city and create new ones for the prosperity of future growth."