Former Bentonville Mayor Terry Black Coberly is now the fourth person to announce plans to replace departing Ward 4 Alderwoman Sarah Lewis, entering the Fayetteville City Council race in the Nov. 6 general election.
Coberly, who served as Bentonville’s chief executive from 1995 through 2006, said her ability to hit the ground running will provide a smooth transition if elected to the council.
“Public service is my sincerest passion, and I have dedicated my life to it, having served over 20 years in municipal government,” said Coberly. “I believe my 12 years as a mayor of one of the fastest growing cities in Arkansas, nine years as city clerk and 18 years teaching our high school and middle school children symbolize my genuine commitment to service.”
As former president of the Arkansas Municipal League, Coberly said she gained a wide perspective and understanding of municipal issues while collaborating with mayors and city officials from across Arkansas’ 500 cities.
“My vision for Fayetteville is not to change who we are, but to continue to promote the longstanding traditions we have come to uphold like being recognized by Forbes and U. S. News as one of the best places for college sports, business, careers, outdoor-lovers, and a place to retire,” she said.
Coberly will join Alan Long and Mike Emery in the race for the Ward 4, Position 2 seat.
Lewis said last month she will not seek a second, four-year term.
The filing period for City Council and other municipal candidates begins July 27.
Name: Terry Black Coberly
Residency: Fayetteville since 2010
Employment: Springdale Public Schools
Education: Masters degree and Bachelor in Education, University of Arkansas
Political Experience: 12 years as Mayor of Bentonville, nine years as City Clerk, served as President of the Arkansas Municipal League, current chairman of the Arkansas Natural Resources and Cultural Council
What made you decide to seek election to the council? Is it something you’ve been considering for a while?
Public service is my passion, and this specific role presents the opportunity to serve my community in an area where I have the most experience.
Is there anything in particular that drove you to reside in Ward 4? How would you describe that part of town?
I am a fifth generation native of Northwest Arkansas. My husband, Jody and I moved to Fayetteville in 2010 after renovating our historic home adjacent to the University of Arkansas campus.
Are there any recent citywide or Ward 4 council decisions you agree or disagree with?
Parking issues and an overlay district are two subjects that are worthy of attention, as well as public transit.