Conway resident David Barber announced his candidacy for the office of Faulkner County Assessor.

“As your next Assessor, I will bring a new perspective to the Faulkner County Assessor’s office,” Barber said in a statement. “I’m an experienced leader who has demonstrated careful stewardship of multi-million dollar budgets. I believe in fiscal responsibility, and will efficiently manage the money you have invested in your county.”

Barber noted one focus of his time as Assessor would be on customer service.

“If elected, I will set up a program for outreach to people who may not have been to the Assessor’s office before, like first time homebuyers and young people getting their first car. There will also be programs for residents who've used the office before, with tips and reminders to ensure no one is caught off-guard by the assessment deadline. I think a shift in perspective to focus on service will greatly benefit Faulkner County residents."

Originally from Michigan, Barber was an honors graduate and National Merit Scholar at Vicksburg High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts in computational mathematics from Albion College and later received a Master’s degree in economics and international trade from Eastern Michigan University. He moved to Conway in 2008 when his wife got a job teaching at a local college.

Barber has a wide range of experience in both the public and private sector, having worked for organizations like Ford Motor Company, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and more recently the State of Arkansas, helping to run the online education portal for teachers called ArkansasIDEAS.

“Working for the state of Arkansas was a real education,” Barber said. “Managing public funds is a different experience from the private sector because you’re always having to think ‘is this the best way to spend taxpayer dollars? Can I defend the decisions I’m making to the people who have paid for it?’ This got me thinking a lot more about transparency in government, and I will bring the things I’ve learned to my role as Assessor.“

Currently, Barber teaches business and economics at several local colleges. He also serves on the Conway city board for biking and walking.

More information about his campaign can be found at his website, www.barber4assessor.com, and on facebook. He can be reached with questions and comments at david@barber4assessor.com.