Freeman proud to play his part in the community
Although he has only lived here three years, Rector's newest alderman, David Freeman, already is proud to be a part of the community.
"I've seen a lot of good community spirit and volunteerism here, especially with the Labor Day activities," he said.
Freeman hopes to be a force of positive change during his term as alderman. He said the term he is completing will end in December and that the next couple of months will help him decide if he wants to run for the office.
"I was asked to serve out an incomplete term, so I accepted because I think I can make a positive difference. Through my years in industry, I've learned that continuous improvement is a must. I just believe that nothing stays the same -- the town either gets better or deteriorates. I'd like to be part of progress and making it better, because I think it won't stay the same no matter what."
Freeman said some of the positive changes he has seen since he began living in Rector are road improvements, some of which are occurring this week, and a new building for the Wise Company. He is especially impressed with the focus on parks in town.
"I sat in on a Parks and Recreation meeting, and I was impressed with all the spirited people. We have a good park here, and I'm glad it's a priority."
Freeman said his first meeting was in June. "I just observed at that meeting. I need a few months of participation to see the big picture that the city's leaders have in mind for Rector."
Freeman's community involvement didn't start with his move to Rector, however. He was active in the community in Magnolia and Benton before moving here and has joined and is active in the Lion's Club, "which I think does excellent work," he added.
"I am interested in helping Rector, because I plan to live here the rest of my life. I'll soon be 57, and I plan to be here for the duration. I've met a lot of people through my wife, Diane, who seems to know everyone in Rector, and I've made a lot of good friends here. Rector's full of nice people."
Freeman said his earliest experiences in Rector were frequent visits during high school when he was dating his wife, the former Diane Bucy.
"It seems to me like there's been a lot of progress. Rector's a pretty town, and I think a lot of the credit goes to the current leadership. My goal as an alderman is to add to that as best I can."