By Tammy Moore Teague
Paige Cupit, 25, is seeking to fill a seat on the Waldron City Council come November. Cupit, a Waldron native, looks to the future with a vision of unity and growth.
Her parents are Tommy Starr and Lisa Patterson. Her “bonus” parents are mom, Cyan Starr and father, Rich Patterson. She and her husband Kyle have been married for nearly three years and have a beautiful two year-old daughter, Reagan.
“I came from a family who have always played important roles in this community,” said Cupit. “My Dad was supervisor over the water and waste water plant for many years and also held the same position I am running for on the council for two terms. My grandfather was over the road department, and my grandmother, who was a very influential woman in my life, held a position on the chamber, was part of the Business and Professional Women’s group, and so much more. Watching these three important people in my life strive and do so much good for our hometown made me want to do the same when the time came!”
Cupit’s goals, if elected, will be growth. “In order to prosper and strive in life we must all work together to make change which starts with all of us individually,” added Cupit. “I plan to help with the growth of the new city park, to work with downtown merchants and community members in the revitalization of downtown, and most importantly working to understand what businesses look for when relocating to new towns. This will help bring more business to our wonderful little town. A gentleman asked us at Turkey Track if we had anymore events in our town like this one. My goal is to work and bring more to our small town with the help from my community.”
She noted that the community needs to work together and be positive about the city’s future. “We should all be working together to change what we can, and accept what we can’t. Our children are a problem that needs to be addressed. There are kids who do not have the support system they need to make it day to day, we need to stand behind each child and cheer them on let them know someone is proud of them.”
She does envision a bright future for Waldron, adding that “kids will have the knowledge they need to start lives, residents will have the motivation they need to volunteer and help keep Waldron up and where it needs to be.”
Cupit stressed the importance of “good people” to serve on the council. Noting that “we do not want people who are dishonest and corrupt, we do not support people who are agenda-driven nor anti-progress ideologues. We are not interested in people who are uncommitted to the community and the job of council, and we are not interested in novices who have shown little interest in civic engagement. What we want is someone honest, balanced, and committed.” Furthermore, “Someone who is motivated, experienced and electable. I am an active board member and acting as President on the Chamber of Commerce, and I am now running for City Council Ward 3. I believe I am all of the wants we need in a council member, I have the qualifications needed to sit on the council. I am motivated and want to help our community grow. In order to do so I need your help. I need the help from my community in voting for me on November 6th. Thank you in advance for your support.”
By Tammy Moore Teague