Businessman Aaron Knight, who is active in various community activities, has announced as a candidate for the Conway City Council Ward 2, Position 1 seat being vacated by Alderman Mark Vaught.

"I want to ensure Conway continues to be a clean, safe, vibrant city," Knight said. "We must focus on job creation, supporting our small business community, restoring our financial strength and thinking strategically about our future."

Knight, 26, serves on the Faulkner County Human Services Coalition and the Conway Public Schools Foundation boards. He is involved with Junior Achievement and the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce.  

His focus on Conway’s future has been demonstrated through Knight’s involvement in a variety of projects including the Conway Schools 2012 Committee, he said. Knight successfully

campaigned for the passage of a millage increase to construct the new Conway High School. The measure passed by 71 percent, one of the largest margins in Conway’s history.

Knight is a founder of Smith, Knight and Associates, a marketing communications agency in Conway.

"As a small business owner, I understand the need to empower Conway’s economic engines toward positive growth that will benefit us all," he said.

Knight is a graduate of Conway High School, the University of Central Arkansas and the Community Development Institute. He is completing a Master’s Degree in community and economic development at UCA.

Position 1 in Ward 2 includes parts of Donaghey Avenue, Harkrider Street, Meadowlake Road, Oak Street, Prince Street, Salem Road, Lake Beaverfork, Siebenmorgan Road, Lower Ridge Road and Hendrix College.

Vaught is leaving the council to campaign as a Republican candidate for Faulkner County clerk.

Knight’s campaign website is