Allison Vetter-Democrat is running against Jake Moss- Republican for justice of peace for District 13. District 13 encompasses most of West Conway and Donnell Ridge.
Justice of the peace serve on the quorum court and vote on issues relating to public safety, roads and finances for the residents of Faulkner County.
Vetter has lived in Conway since 2001. Vetter works for Hendrix College as a Title ix investigator and education coordinator. Before working at Hendrix, Vetter was an associate professor of sociology at Henderson. While at Henderson, Vetter helped the school develop its Title ix program.
According to her website, Vetter describes herself as fiscal conservatives who supports economic development. Vetter aims to achieve this by using research to help the Quorum Court improve their decision making on economic issues, “In order to make the best possible funding decisions we need to take a look at the overall budgets. What are we doing well? Where can we be more efficient? My training in research methodology can contribute to this type of analysis, which will help the Quorum Court make sound economic decisions to the benefit of all of Faulkner County,” Vetter said.
On her website, Vetter states that she wants to improve the transparency of the Quorum Court and use data to make more of the decisions. Vetter believes using data is an important part of making decisions on behalf of the public, “Drawing on over 20 years of experience working in higher education, I believe in taking a ‘big picture’ approach, which means gathering as much relevant information as possible before making decisions. This is particularly important for an elected official who is entrusted with making decisions on behalf of the citizens of Faulkner County. Perhaps the most important aspect of the job is to be a good steward of public funds,” Vetter said.
During 2020, there has been discussion on how to improve policing, which is seen as a public safety issue. Vetter believes it is worth looking into the ways policing can be improved, “I would ask in return, is there a reason we would not want to improve? Best practice would dictate a commitment to evaluating current processes and procedures in order to identify possible areas for improvement. Issues worthy of examination include the impact of social, cultural, and technological changes on policing, as well as how well law enforcement are integrated in the communities they serve,” Vetter said.
Vetter found inspiration for running for this position from her parents, “I learned from watching my parents give back to their community that public service is important. I believe we should all take responsibility for our communities; running for office is one way to do that. This past year has been chaotic in many ways - I can be upset with the way things are, or I can do my part to make my corner of the world a little bit better,” Vetter said.
Voting for District 13 justice of peace is on Nov. 3.