Alan Swaim, a successful small business owner for many years, has announced he will seek a seat on the Van Buren City Council.

Swaim will run for the Ward 3 Position 2 seat currently held by Johnny Ragsdale in the November general election.

"I am now retired and I have the time to dedicate to the position," Swaim said. "I still would like to serve."

He said Van Buren has a lot of potential with an east/west interstate, the Arkansas River and a major airport only 15 minutes away.

"I would like to fill up the Industrial Park to create new jobs," Swaim said, "and I think we desperately need to revitalize our historic downtown. We also have a great work force and I would like to see us attract more industry."

He also cited the work done by Mayor Bob Freeman.

"Our mayor has done such a great job," Swaim said. "The things he has done over the past eight years have been tremendous and I would like to help with that."

As a small business owner and the successful organizer of four baseball world series in Van Buren, Swaim said he understands how city employees must work with a budget.

Swaim has been in leadership roles since 1975 when he was elected president of the Fort Smith Church League Baseball Association which fielded 81 teams.

He was the administrator of the Field of Dreams Sports Complex for 17 years, host president for three Babe Ruth World Series and one Cal Ripken Jr. World Series and served on the Crawford County Quorum Court for two years.

A youth baseball coach for 30 years, Swaim is a former board member of the Van Buren Boys and Girls Club, Van Buren Chamber of Commerce and Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on the Arkansas State Outdoor Recreation Grants Commission and advisory board of Babe Ruth League International Alumni Association.

He was a 2014 inductee into the Southwest Regional Babe Ruth Baseball Hall of Fame, 2006 graduate and ambassador of the Leadership Crawford County program, and 2008 Babe Ruth League Inc. Lefty Gomez national volunteer of the year recipient.

Swaim received the Iverson Riggs Memorial Citizen of the Year Award in 2005, the Arkansas Boys Club man of the year in 1982, Optimist Club youth worker of the year award in 1982, Sertoma Club Service to Mankind Award in 2004 and the Kiwanis Club volunteer of the year award in 2004.

Swaim has been married to Debbie Swaim for 45 years and has a son, Randy Swaim, and daughter, Kelly Curd, and five grandchildren.