Ward 4, Position 1

John La Tour
John S. La Tour
 5371 South Old Mill Road
 Johnson, AR 72762
(479) 443-7878

Personal Statement

"I believe in limited government, responsive government, and strong families."

Occupation & Education

  • Certified Public Accountant and Tax Attorney
  • 2007 – Juris Doctorate, Oak Brook College, Fresno, California
  • 1981 – Master’s degree in Business Administration, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • 1979 – Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Accounting, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Personal Information

  • Married to Elizabeth Moore La Tour for over 22 years with 9 children who attend various local educational institutions
  • Resident of Fayetteville since 1979
  • Native of Ville Platte, Louisiana

Community Services

  • Board Member, Northwest Arkansas Catholic Respect Life Council

Committee Involvement

  • Water and Sewer Committee
  • Ordinance Review Committee
  • Equipment Committee

My Key Issues

  • Limited government – Keeping a big picture, long-range perspective of the reach of over-governance is crucial in the decisions made by our City Council. The purpose of the City Council is to ensure that services which meet the basic needs of our citizens – police, fire, water, sewer, solid waste, streets, parks, trails, etc. – are maintained in a way that secures an efficient, effective infrastructure without micro-managing or infringing on the day-to-day rights of our citizens.
  • Responsive government – A paternalistic approach to governing (i.e., the attitude that we know more than our citizens and they should trust us to take care of them) is not a responsive government. I believe a representative approach (i.e., our citizens can speak best to the issues that impact them most and our role is to listen and represent) is the key to responsive government. My goal is to be accessible to the citizens of my ward and Fayetteville and seek to be the best possible representative I can be of their voice.
  • Strong families – Creating an environment where strong families can grow is a result of limited, responsive government. Funding and focus move from trying to latch onto every wave of political correctness that ripples through our city and control the everyday decisions our people to creating a community that invites and embraces and nurtures the growth of strong families and neighborhoods.

Ward Meeting Schedule

Ward 4 meetings are held on the last Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in Room 111 at the City Administration Building, located at 113 West Mountain Street.