Alderman Andy Hawkins, who has served on the Conway City Council for 18 years, announced his Ward 1, Position 1 re-election bid.

Hawkins has lived in Conway for 21 years after moving from Little Rock. He said he believes the city needs to return to a more welcoming attitude toward business and development.

"Conway has prospered so much because of the growth we have experienced," Hawkins said. "But I do tend to see obstacles for new business and new development recently. I would like to see that changed."

Hawkins graduated from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville and spent many years as the public address announcer for Razorbacks football. He has been an insurance agent with Allstate for 15 years and is co-owner of the agency Hawkins, Jessen & Clayborn LLC.

Although he would like to spend another two-year term working for better business relationships, Hawkins said he is proud of the way the council has handled the city’s growth.

"Any growth that you see comes with a special brand of problems," he said. "I have seen this city go from 20,000 to 60,000, and I feel like the council has been able to handle most everything that comes its way in a very businesslike manner."

Hawkins has held the same council position all 18 years.

He and his wife, Kim, have a daughter, Meg.