Chad Bennett

How long have you lived in the area?

I am 32 years old, and for most of my life, Carlisle has been the place that I call home. My family began farming here in the early 1900’s, and our heritage is very important to me. I must remember the strong ethics that have been instilled in me, and I must always carry on the belief that began over 100 years ago with my great grandfather, Earl Perkins. He strived to make Carlisle a safe community with strong family values, and I am personally and professionally committed to doing the same.

How many city council meetings have you attended in the past year?

Honestly, I have attended few meetings. However, I follow both the city council meetings and the concerns involving our city through the local paper. Additionally, I discuss these topics with elected city officials, and I am always eager to talk about needs or concerns with the people of our community.

Why do you want to be elected to public office?

I want to serve the people of Carlisle and give back to a community that has given so much to my family for generations. I care about the future of our town. It is our responsibility as citizens to ensure that we are progressing in the right direction. I am blessed to have a wife, Brea, and two children, Lily and Weston, and I want them to continue to be proud of the town that we all call home. The youth of today are the future of our city, and we need to be able to provide for their needs by offering quality education and employment, in order to attract new families. I also believe that it is imperative that my generation become involved with city leadership and the decisions that will affect our community in the future. As your alderman, I will commit to making the right decisions to move Carlisle forward, and I pledge to always be available to listen to you.

What qualifications do you have that enable you to meet the responsibilities of a city council member?

The city of Carlisle should be operated as any successful business. Through hard work and determination, I have built my own business from the ground up, and I have successfully doubled my farming operation in four years. I understand the value of a hard earned dollar. I want to make every dollar count for this city by carefully analyzing and budgeting spending. I have a Bachelor of Science in Business and Agriculture from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. I also have knowledge of road development and the construction industry through my previous occupations. I serve on the board of the Lonoke County Farm Bureau where important legislation regarding our farming communities are decided upon, voted upon, and, ultimately, brought before our state representatives. With my educational and work experiences combined, I feel that I will be a great asset to the city of Carlisle.

What do you believe to be the most important issue facing the city council?

By far, the most important issue for Carlisle is the need to attract new industry. The future of Carlisle lies in our ability to create the jobs that are needed to promote new growth, while successfully providing for the needs of our current businesses. As an alderman, I will welcome the opportunity to visit with current and potential business owners to find out how I can better help them.

What would you do to meet the issue?

If Carlisle is to grow, we must attract industries and retail businesses that will provide employment and help increase the student population of Carlisle School District. I would work alongside local, state, and government organizations, such as Carlisle Economic Development Committee, Economic Development Corporation, and Teamwork Arkansas to help explore new opportunities for our community. It is also imperative that we are able to maintain and support our existing businesses in order to let them know that we appreciate their continued commitment to Carlisle.