JONESBORO, Ark. – Jonesboro native Andy Shatley announced Monday he will seek the office of mayor of Jonesboro in the 2020 election.
“Many people think it’s time to pass the baton – and I agree,” Shatley said in a video posted to social media. “That’s why I’m excited to officially announce that I’m running for mayor of Jonesboro. I believe Jonesboro is at a cross roads and a new style of leadership is necessary. My campaign will focus on three pillars of success: trust, transparency, and teamwork. These pillars will serve as the backbone of a winning formula as we move forward together.”
A graduate of Nettleton in 1994, Shatley later attended Arkansas State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and his master’s in physical therapy. Shatley has worked for St. Bernards Sports Medicine since June, 2005 and lives in Jonesboro with his wife and two daughters.
Shatley told NEA Report on Tuesday he hoped to make a difference in the community he loves.
“For my entire life, people have been asking me if I would ever consider running for public office,” Shatley said. “My ultimate goal in life is to make a difference, and inspire others to join me. My mother says I’m a born leader; as usual, I believe her! I’ve contemplated public service for two years now. During the Team Jonesboro initiative, some of the issues and solutions for my hometown became clear to me: trust, transparency and teamwork. Informed citizens have a better relationship with local government, therefore making progress possible.”
Sources close to Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin say he plans to run for reelection but no official announcement has been made by Perrin’s campaign team. August is filing month for the race.