A Fort Smith city director announced Tuesday his plans to run for mayor in 2018.
At-large Director Don Hutchings will run for mayor next year as Mayor Sandy Sanders' term is expiring. Sanders, who is serving his second four-year term, is not seeking another term.
"I am for less government," Hutchings said. "I am trying my hardest to keep fees from going up in this community. The city directors are all great people. Sometimes, we get together and talk about raising the rates here or a fee here or business license or taxes, and I'm trying to get them to go the other way."
Hutchings is the pastor at Evangel Temple Assembly of God in Fort Smith and said he agrees that church and state should be separate.
Hutchings said that although he has enjoyed his time as a city director, "as mayor, I feel like you can serve more people — have more of an impact — even though we don't get to vote," he said.
State Rep. George B. McGill, D-Fort Smith, announced his plans to run for mayor in September.
The Fort Smith mayor position is nonpartisan. The election is in November 2018.