Pat Howell

Democrat

How long have you lived in the area?

I am a 58 year resident of Lonoke where I have coached Little League Baseball, Community Center Basketball and PeeWee Football. I presently serve as District 3 Alderman and on the Zoning and Planning Commission and Baseball Commission.

How many City Council meetings have you attended/observed in the past year?

I have attended all 12 of the monthly meetings and all special council meetings for the past year.

Why do you want to be elected to public office?

It is my desire to be re-elected so that I can continue to serve the residents of District 3 and the entire town of Lonoke.

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

The most important qualification I have is my 7 years of experience on the City Council. I have attended a yearly Municipal League meeting to better understand the working of city government. I understand the importance of thoroughly reading the packet we receive before each monthly meeting so that I know what is going on with each department. By doing that I am better able to pass budgets and vote for what I believe is best for ALL citizens of Lonoke. I served two years on the Street, Sewer and Water commission before ever being elected to office to have a better understanding of the workings of that city department. I also served 5 years as the President of the Central Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association where I gained valuable information on the workings of state government. I have mailed postcards with my cell phone number to the residents of District 3 so that they can contact me whenever a need arises.

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

We face many issues involving a town of our size; I believe one most important issues is the condition of our streets and the need to improve them. I also strongly believe it is my duty to always remain a good steward of the tax payer’s money when addressing the needs of our town. We must keep up with technology; we must continue to grow. However, at the same, time we must protect what is wonderful about living in a small town with small town values.

What would you do to meet the issue?

To meet the issues facing our town, I will continue to honor my oath to the citizens of this town by staying abreast of the needs and concerns of the entire town. I believe that to address any issue, it is important to listen to the people and always put their desires and wishes, first while remaining within the laws of our town and state.