A race has developed for a Mountain Home city position. Scott Liles announced Tuesday he will be running for city clerk in the November general election. Billy D. Austin announced his candidacy less than a week earlier.
Liles says he has covered a variety of city councils over the last 20 years as a newspaper reporter. He has spent the last seven years in Mountain Home, and one of his primary assignments has been covering the the city council for the Baxter Bulletin.
Liles is a Searcy native and an alumnus of the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. In addition to the Bulletin, Liles has also worked as a reporter for the Harrison Daily Times and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, and his byline has appeared in other newspapers throughout the Natural State.
In his announcement, Liles wrote, “With an extensive background in all things city government, I feel I’m the perfect candidate to step in and hit the ground running on Jan. 1. I have the in-depth training and institutional knowledge needed to make an immediate difference.”
Liles describes himself as a lifelong Republican. For the past five years, he has served as a committeeman for the Baxter County Republican Committee, helping decide party matters at the local level. He just began another two-year term in that position last month.
Liles says he grew up around governmental operations. His mother, Sue, was the White County tax collector for 16 years. Following her retirement, she served as a justice of peace until her death earlier this year. She and her husband, Kenneth, also served as the committee woman and committeeman on the White County Republican Committee.
Liles and Austin are running to succeed Brian Plumlee, who is not seeking re-election. The general election is scheduled for Nov. 8.
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