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Oct 24 2016

12 Reasons to Vote for Carrie Perrien Smith for Mayor of Rogers

12-reasons-carrie-perrien-smithI talk to so many people who have already decided to vote for me without having first talked to me because I am a woman or a conservative Republican or — and this is the best one yet — not Greg Hines.

While these are fine reasons if that what drives you, I’d like to give you a list of others that really show my heart for everyone who lives, works, and plays in Rogers. I’ve built my entire leadership résumé volunteering in leadership roles over fifteen years in over twenty organizations. It would be such an honor to serve you in this role.

  1. I’ve been attending city council meetings and committee meetings for the last five years — almost all of them. I’ve asked questions of city leaders to deepen my understanding of our city’s issues.
  2. I’ve built an extensive leadership résumé over the last fifteen years working as a volunteer leader in our community with more than twenty organizations. I love working with teams and resolving challenges.
  3. Besides an extensive volunteer service leadership résumé, I have a Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in Leadership and Ethics from John Brown University. I have been a student of leadership for more than two decades and lead using a servant-leadership model. I will bring my business experience, people skills, and ability to solve problems to every issue our city encounters.
  4. We never hear anything anymore about Rogers despite all the great things happening here. My marketing expertise will be a great asset to the role of mayor. I am not shy about leading the charge in selling our city. We will develop a new marketing strategy, logo, and tagline and put Rogers back on the regional and national radar. When we raise Rogers up, we bring the whole region up. That’s good for everyone who lives, works, and plays in Rogers.
  5. We’ll design a plan for our city’s green space to increase the curb appeal in our city. Landscaping is expensive to install. We don’t properly maintain the investment and often spec plants that require care our city doesn’t provide. They die without proper care. Our current green space planning and management is falling behind our neighboring cities. We no longer wow relocating home buyers and business owners.
  6. We will utilize the knowledge and life experience of our veterans. They served our country because they feel called to step up when the need arises. This valuable part of our community has special interests, needs, and capabilities. Proactively organizing our veterans to assist in weather emergencies, mentor youth, or help a neighbor in need are just a few of the opportunities for utilizing their skills and heart for service. We will give them an opportunity to serve long after their active-duty service is over.
  7. Revitalization of our at-risk commercial areas and neglected neighborhoods is one of my top priorities. My concern for South 8th Street is what inspired me to run for public office. There is no plan for revitalization of commercial districts steeped in despair despite great traffic, prime location, and affordable rent in a thriving region. How can we expect investors and business owners to take a chance if the city isn’t leading the charge? I will work with every resource we have to sell our city and resolve issues that restrict Rogers’ redevelopment potential.
  8. I will be an active and public supporter of our police and fire personnel. I will ensure that we take proper care of those who take care of the people who live, work, and play in Rogers. I will visit with them on a regular basis —on all shifts — and will maintain a desk at the police department so that I get to know them. These important members of our city team are called to dangerous work. I won’t be that mayor who meets a policeman or firefighter or paramedic for the first time when I show up to visit one of them injured in the line of duty.
  9. I am accessible and approachable. My office will have an open-door policy, and I will return your phone calls. You will see me around town, mingling with people at soccer fields, community activities, and civic club meetings — not just when I’m the featured guest. I enjoy meeting new people and talking about the issues facing our city. I will listen to you and create new ways for you to hear about what is going on in our city.
  10. Despite organizations doing a great job of handing out food, we still have a staggering hunger problem. I will facilitate the conversation, fully investigate the issue that affects so many of our neighbors, and invite the right people and organizations to the table to create solutions. We will identify action steps like volunteer mentoring programs for teaching adults and kids to cook easy and inexpensive meals from scratch. By spring, we can increase our community gardens and begin to teach kids and adults how to garden and grow their own food.
  11. I am a business owner who comes from a long line of business owners. The investment that our business owners make in our community is often a major sacrifice. I want to make sure Rogers is a nurturing environment for businesses to launch and thrive. I will work with our city teams to streamline processes, provide excellent customer service, and help your businesses succeed. Business owners could choose any city in our area. We’ll create more reasons to say yes to Rogers.
  12. We’ve learned that having great things doesn’t drive people to our city or create publicity beyond grand opening. DOING GREAT THINGS is where our focus needs to be. We will put the energy behind creating events that provide a reason to visit Rogers. We’ll work to increase the number of events at the library and in downtown as well as in our parks. We have made far too many investments in buildings during the last five years that are padlocked the majority of the time. The business owner in me strives for return on investment — and for our city, that means hours of use and number of people using the park or facility.

 

If I said anything here that resonates with you, please talk to ten other Rogers voters about me. You can also share my campaign Facebook page.

We can win together for Rogers!

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