Trae Reed, a familiar name to Lonoke residents, announced this week that he’s running to be Lonoke’s next mayor.

Reed will be running as an independent.

According to the Lonoke County Clerk’s office, other filed independent candidates running for city alderman positions are Matt Cordell for position 1, Alderman Woody Evans and Alice Bridges for position 2, Alderman Pat Howlell and Suzette W. Elmore for position 3, Alderman Wendell Walker and Ryan Biles for position 4, Alderman Efrem Jones for position 5, incumbent Raymond Hatton for position 6, Alderman Michael Florence for position 7, and Alderman Koy Butler for position 8. Also running unopposed is Phillip Howell for city treasurer and Jeribeth Edwards as city clerk.

Reed, a veteran and C-130J pilot, has an aerial photography business that has a contract with the city to take photos and he and his wife Ashley, operate the Fishtown Farmers Market seasonally in Lonoke.

He will be running against Mayor Wayne McGee, who defeated challenger Jim Bailey in the Democratic Primary held on May 22. It was a narrow win, as McGee garnered 52 percent of the vote.

To run as an independent on the Nov. 6 ballot, Reed had to gather signatures for a petition during the run-up to the primary from May 1 through May 21. He along with four other candidates for aldermen positions will be on the ballot.

“What this town lacks in opportunity, it more than makes up for in its tenacious hunger for growth,” Reed said in a release.

Reed articulated his platform in the same release:

Establishing a culture of trust

Embracing a common purpose throughout every civic organization

Empowering citizen volunteers bringing innovative ideas to the forefront.

“I believe the biggest threat to Lonoke’s future is its lack of clear leadership,” Reed added.