Alan Swaim has announced he will seek his third two-year term on the Van Buren City Council.
Swaim will seek re-election to the Ward 3 Position 2 seat in the Nov. 6 general election.
“If re-elected, I will seek the continued growth of Main Street and downtown Van Buren,” Swaim said. “As a council member, I would like to see more progress on improvements to the Arkansas 59 and Interstate 40 interchange.”
Swaim also said he hoped the council would provide further funding for police and fire protection.
“I am looking forward to serving for two more years,” Swaim said. “I love being in a leadership role to serve others.”
Swaim was the director of the Fields of Dreams Sports Complex for 17 years before retiring in 2012. In 2017, he was inducted into the Babe Ruth Hall of Fame.
Swaim is most recognized for his leadership role in bringing the Babe Ruth World Series to the Field of Dreams in Van Buren. Van Buren hosted the 2004 Babe Ruth 13-Year-Old World Series, the 2007 Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series, the 2008 Babe Ruth 13-15 World Series and the 2012 13-15 World Series.
After concluding its first World Series event, Babe Ruth headquarters was so amazed by Swaim’s accomplishments, that they asked him and his World Series committee members to host training centers for other groups getting ready to host their first Babe Ruth League World Series.
Swaim is a former board member for the Boys and Girls Club of Van Buren and Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce. During his time with the boys and girls club, he also served as a coach and mentor to many young people. Swaim also served on the Arkansas State Outdoor Recreation Grants Commission.
In addition to his recent induction into the Babe Ruth League Hall of Fame, Swaim has received many deserving honors over the years, including: 2014 induction into the Southwest Babe Ruth League Hall of Fame, 2008 Babe Ruth League “Lefty Gomez Volunteer of the Year” award, 2005 Van Buren Iverson Riggs Memorial Citizen of the Year award, 2004 Sertoma Club Service to Mankind Award, 2004 Kiwanis Club volunteer of the year, 1982 Fort Smith Boys Club man of the year and the 1982 Optimist Club youth worker of the year.
He is the former owner and operator of Swaim Office Supplies.
He has been married to Debbie Swaim for 49 years and has a son, Randy Swaim, and daughter, Kelly Curd, and five grandchildren.