Tyler Wood has announced he will seek his second two-year term on the Van Buren City Council.
Wood, 38, director of pharmacy at Sparks Regional Medical Center, will seek re-election to the Ward 1 Position 1 seat in the Nov. 6 general election.
“I’m proud to have served as a council member for the past two years, and it has been an honor to work alongside excellent leaders that care so deeply about Van Buren,” Wood said. “The collaborative work that has been done for the sustainment, development and growth of this city has been tremendous.”
Wood said that while there are several immediate issues that must be addressed, including continued focus on the business sector, creation of job opportunities, and improvements to the Arkansas 59/Interstate 40 interchange, he does not want to lose sight of the future.
“The issue that continues to face our city and cities across this region is attracting and sustaining growth,” Wood said. “We are witnessing a successful revitalization effort that has transformed our downtown and reshaped the image of Main Street. The long-term success of our community depends on continued efforts to create an appealing city that is inviting to people from all walks of life. From young individuals and families looking to plant roots, to new retirees seeking a place to relax, Van Buren should offer the neighborhoods, recreation, and amenities that people desire from a top-notch city. The work that has been done so far is a vital first step. I’m excited about exploring the next steps in this evolution, including neighborhood revitalization and recreational developments.”
Wood has worked as a pharmacist at Sparks for 10 years, serving as director of pharmacy since 2015. He is an adjunct clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice for the University of Kansas, and also worked as a nuclear pharmacist at Cardinal Health for 11 years.
In addition to serving on the city council since 2016, he has served as vice chairman of the Van Buren Parks and Recreation Commission for the past seven years.
As a member of the commission, he has worked closely with the mayor and city council on an $11 million parks plan, including the development of Freedom Park and the newly dedicated Veterans Memorial Plaza, which held its groundbreaking ceremony July 25.
Wood attended Van Buren High School, University of Central Arkansas and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He earned a doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Arkansas in 2005. He is a member of Heritage Church and has served as a musician on the praise team for 14 years.
He and his wife, Rachael, have six children, ages 12, 11, 7, 7 and 6 with a baby due in December.