Candidates for Ward 6 debate for council spot

Candidates for Ward 6 debate for council spot

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Candidates running for an open Jonesboro City Council seat for Ward 6 faced off in a debate Thursday night.

The debate was held in the council chambers of the Jonesboro Municipal Center and was open to the public.

The candidates for the seat are James Bowman, Bobby Long, Dr. Richard Wang, and Joseph Woodbury.

When asked about the recent protest by the city's police officers, all candidates believed the officers were trying to express their concerns and know they are wanting to be heard.

Wang said he could not comment further on the situation because he didn't know all the facts.

When it came to if the police officers should able to take their cars home, Woodbury said he believes that seeing police cars in the different neighborhoods could help cut down on crime.

The candidates were asked if they believe there should be an alternative to Jonesboro Property Maintenance Code, and if so, what it should be.

Long said there should be an alternative to the code.

He said the code gives the city government too much power.

He also believes the way the code is now written, that everyone is now breaking the law because everyone could possibly have something wrong with their property.

Bowman said there should be more checks and balances with the code so nobody can get hurt and Cook said that the code has too many vague areas in its wording.

The election to decide the property maintenance code to elect the councilman will be on May 10.

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