Craig Conner, 30, has announced his intention to run in the city-wide election for Alderman of Ward 4. Conner has called Conway home his entire life. He and his wife, Erin, have been married 8 years and have two sons, Ethan, 4, and Corey, 2. His parents, Bo and Melanie Conner, are also longtime residents of Conway. Conner’s older brother, Clint, serves as a Captain in the United States Army and is stationed in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
Conner graduated from Conway High School in 2002 and then attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with degrees in Political Science and International Relations. After college, he and his wife went to work for a residential care facility for at-risk teenagers called Shelterwood in Branson, Missouri for two years. Following this position, Conner worked for Conner & Sartain, CPA in Conway as an auditor and bookkeeper while completing requirements for teaching certification. He is now entering his fifth year as a mathematics teacher. Conner spent his first semester as a teacher at Ridge Road Middle Charter School in North Little Rock followed by three semesters at North Little Rock High School. He is now beginning his 3rd year in his current position teaching 8th Grade mathematics at Conway Junior High School. Conner also serves as the assistant golf and swimming coach for the Conway High School Wampus Cats.
Conner is a member of New Life Church where he serves on the usher and after service prayer teams. He also serves as the fundraising coordinator with The CALL of Faulkner and Conway Counties. This organization seeks to mobilize Christian families to foster or adopt children from Arkansas foster care. Conner and his family are active with the ministry Change 30, an organization that seeks to raise the life expectancy of Russian orphans. The Conner family spent the month of July facilitating a summer camp at the Nadezhda Orphanage in Kaliningrad, Russia.
"My family has been in Conway for over 60 years. This city has given me so much in my life, and I am excited to potentially hold the position of Alderman to give back to the city I love. The slogan for my campaign is ‘Our Families, Our Future.’ I believe that Conway’s deeply held community values, strong schools, growing job market, and ever increasing amenities make it one of the finest cities in Arkansas to raise a family. As an Alderman, I will strive to protect family values and enhance the quality of life for the residents of Conway. I want to be a voice for new ideas, promote sustainable growth, and ensure fiscal responsibility in our community. It would be an honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Conway on the city council."
The election will be held during the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.