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Benton County JP Chris Latimer wants voters to elect him mayor of Rogers in November | The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

ROGERS – A Benton County justice of the peace hopes voters will elect him mayor of Rogers in November.

District 4 Justice of the Peace Chris Latimer announced his candidacy for mayor via email Saturday morning.

The announcement says Latimer “has a strong foundation in public service and a deep connection to the city.” It says Latimer “is ready to lead Rogers into a more vibrant future.”

Latimer is committed to increasing government transparency, enhancing public safety and promoting sustainable growth to address the challenges facing the city, the announcement said. It adds that he plans to “work with residents to make Rogers a better, safer place for everyone.”

Latimer was elected justice of the peace in November 2022, defeating a Democrat and Libertarian after winning a three-way Republican primary the previous May. He ran for election for the District 90 seat of the Arkansas House of Representatives in the 2020 Republican primary, but lost.

Latimer is a real estate agent at Gibson Real Estate. He and his wife Amber have lived in Rogers for more than 15 years and have two children, according to the announcement.

Current Rogers Mayor Greg Hines has yet to announce whether he plans to seek re-election. He has been mayor of the city since 2010.

The mayor’s position is nonpartisan and has a four-year term of office.

According to the Arkansas Secretary of State’s website, candidacy for municipal offices begins on July 31 and ends on August 7. Election day is November 5.