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The Candidates: Elm Springs City Council

Posted: October 4, 2012 at 3:25 a.m.

The Candidates Elm Springs City Council

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Blythe

Dorothy Blythe

Age: 81

Residency: Elm Springs, since 1965

Family: Husband, Ralph; two sons and one daughter, all of Springdale

Employment: Retired; ran a poultry business for many years; now does some substitute teaching

Education: Attended Arkansas Tech University, went to Bentonville High School, 1949

Military Experience: None

Political Experience: None

What do you think are the biggest challenges facing your city in the next two years?

Growth. The city of Elm Springs is the oldest town in Northwest Arkansas. Elm Springs still maintains the same conveniences of a city, which is close to three elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. Other challenges are roads and infrastructure along with annexation.

How would you deal with those challenges?

Planning Commission and City Council can deal with these challenges by preserving the feel of a small-town community while pursuing growth and financial stability. These can be accomplished by holding on to the foundation and heritage of our community.

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Douthit

Harold Douthit

Age: 62

Residency: Elm Springs, since 1999

Family: Wife of 20 years, Cynthia Douthit; one son, one daughter.

Employment: Cattle farmer; retired from Springdale Police Department in 1989 after 10 years in law enforcement

Education: Springdale High School, 1967

Military Experience: Honorably discharged from Army in 1968 as a specialist after one year of active duty; spent about eight years with National Guard, finishing as section chief

Political Experience: None.

What do you think are the biggest challenges facing your city in the next two years?

Our sewage disposal, city services. Plans for future growth.

How would you deal with those challenges?

I would research possible grants, refinancing of debt on current sewage STEP system.

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