Jim Bailey has announced that he is a candidate for the office of Mayor of the City of Lonoke. He outlined his campaign in a press release.

Bailey said he is a native of Lonoke, and has more than 30 years experience in facility and personnel management with several large industries. The training in those fields, "Makes me able to meet the challenges in Lonoke’s future," he said.

All issues would be attended to in a timely and professional manner under his management, Bailey said.

"I understand, and will never forget, that the mayor is elected by the people. I pledge to represent residents and businesses in our City. This office must be operated in a professional, courteous and effective manner. I want to be your advocate.

"As mayor, I will be there to serve you. Seeing everyone in Lonoke grow and prosper would be my goal. But do not forget that growth is not easy and does not come without growing pains, many issues need to be addressed to prevent greater, more expensive concerns down the road," Bailey said.

"One of my goals is to get more involvement from our citizens. We need the input and expertise of our citizens to make sure that Lonoke moves in a positive direction, and everyone needs to be involved," Bailey said.

"My family has a long history in Lonoke. My Grandfather was Mayor in 1936-1941. My mother and my aunt were teachers. They taught many of you over the years in the Lonoke School District. I am proud to be a citizen of Lonoke and will carry on this tradition of serving the people," Bailey said.

Bailey said he and his wife Diane have four children. "We have been blessed with a Christian family of three teachers, a school superintendent, a farmer, and a financial adviser. The Bailey family is intricately involved in Lonoke’s schools, and all have work hard for the strong educational system so vital for the community’s future."

Bailey said he is a veteran and enjoys civic duties in the community. He supports organizations that protect and help the children, serves on three Boards of Directors, and has developed a network of resources and professional people that will help to move Lonoke forward for improved growth and prosperity.

"I am asking for your prayers and guidance in my quest for position of Mayor and would appreciate your support and call on everyone to exercise the right to vote," he said.

For more information, go online to www. jim-bailey.com.

Thoughts or suggestions for the city and how it can be improved are welcome, Bailey said. E-mail comments to baileyjim@sbcglobal.net.