“I’ve just got a heart for this town,” Bald Knob native Alvin Hearyman said.
Hearyman, 73, is running for re-election in the Nov. 3 general election for Ward 3, Position 2 on the Bald Knob City Council. He is being challenged by Mary Lou Smith and Roger Pearrow, who declined an interview request.
Early voting started Monday at the Carmichael Community Center, 801 S. Elm St., and White County Cooperative Extension Service Office, 2400 Landing Road, and will continue through Nov. 2, when it ends at 5 p.m. The hours for early voting are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays.
Hearyman said he has been on the council for 12 years and for the last 20 years he has been the president of Bald Knob Industrial Development.
He said at the time that he first decided to run for a council seat, “Bob Carpenter was mayor and he had come to me saying they had one guy that wasn’t going to run when his term was up and he asked me if I would run. And I took it into consideration, talked it over with my wife and I did.”
“This is the first time I have had anybody oppose me,” he said, adding that up until this year on the council, everyone worked together. “There are so many people that put stuff on Facebook that isn’t true and it seems like people believe it.”
As far as what needs to be done in Bald Knob, Hearyman said work on the city’s sidewalks is needed. He said there was an 80-20 grant that Bald Knob missed out on and will be applying for it next year.
“That’s definitely a need, to work on our sidewalks,” Hearyman said. “They have been let go so many years, especially from school down to Highway Avenue where the kids walk.”
Hearyman owns a foundry called Mastercraft Inc. He said the foundry has been in business about 31 years. Before that, Hearyman said he was in the building business in White County for 20 years.
Familywise, Hearyman’s wife, Janet, has run Shoetique in Searcy for 32 years. They have two sons. Dr. Marty Hearyman lives in Searcy and is now the head physician at the Calico Rock prison. Their other son, Mark, is a pipeline inspector, currently working a job in Harrison.
When he’s not working, Hearyman said he has always been a hunter and duck hunts quite a bit. He also used to play golf, but for some reason he said that has left him. “Mostly now it’s work and duck hunting when it’s duck season.”