Slaton seeks District 8 seat on Benton County Quorum Court

Posted: March 6, 2018 at 4 p.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Sam Slaton will face two opponents in November for the District 8 seat on the Benton County Quorum Court.

Slaton filed as a Democratic Party candidate for justice of the peace for District 8. Shirley Sandlin, the Republican incumbent, has filed for reelection. Jeff Wadlin filed as a Libertarian party candidate for the position. The candidates will appear on the ballot for the Nov. 6 general election.

Slaton, 31, has lived in Bentonville and District 8 since December 2016. He works as a regional bicycling advocate for Bike NWA.

"We're working to make Northwest Arkansas more 'bike-friendly.'" he said. "We still have a lot of connectivity issues and need for on-street bike infrastructure."

Slaton said he debated running for Bentonville City Council but decided to run for justice of the peace instead.

"I like my city council members," he said. "I think they're doing a great job. So I looked at where I can be of greater service."

Slaton said he want to work on bringing a younger outlook to the county.

""I'm not sure the current makeup of the Quorum Court is really representative of where Benton County, and particularly Bentonville, is going," he said. "I want to proactively engage the citizens of Benton County and promote civic engagement to a younger generation. We all benefit when there's diversity at the table."

Slaton said he has followed the debate on the county's proposed $30 million courts building.

"I was heartened to see the decision has been made to keep the courthouse downtown," he said. "It's vital that such an important civic anchor is being kept in the downtown Bentonville area."

Slaton said the county needs to work more on communicating with residents., which is part of his background.

"It's important to have pro-active engagement, to use social media and share information," he said. "Not everybody has time to comb through the Benton County website or go to a Quorum Court meeting."

Justices of the peace are paid on a per meeting basis -- $230.51 for Quorum Court and Committee of the Whole meetings and $144.08 for other committees they are members of -- and serve two-year terms.

NW News on 03/07/2018