Mary Beth Kelloms announced her candidacy for Haskell mayor in June, and brings with her a lengthy record of business success, public service and community support. She has a degree in Organizational Management from John Brown University and owns M&A Storage, LLC and OTB Services, LLC.
Kelloms’ husband of 28 years, Andy, works as a director with Dassault Falcon Jet. The couple has two children, Zach, 24, and Alex, 18.
She says her desire to seek the mayor’s office is largely founded on her faith. “I am answering the call by God to serve others in my community,” she said. “My desire runs deep to go beyond the norm. By using my skills in leadership, business sense and enthusiasm, [I hope to help] ‘to make Haskell the most desirable place to live in Saline County.’”
A member at First Baptist Church of Benton, Kelloms is involved in volunteer service with Awana, the Hereafter House and Amplify Fest with Holland Chapel. She also worked with the Southern Baptist Convention – Disaster Relief and its efforts responding to Hurricane Matthew in Greenville, South Carolina; Hurricane Sandy in Deer Park, New York; and Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas.
Kelloms is a former Haskell Planning Commissioner, a supporter of Harmony Grove Athletics and an organizer of Future Cardinal Football in Haskell. She remains an avid supporter of Harmony Grove Athletics.
Asked what challenges she would want to address for Haskell, Kelloms said, “The infrastructure of our city is in serious need of maintenance for water/sewer and streets,” she said. “Economic development is crucial to our city. We must grow as does the school district because many are choosing to attend by the School Choice laws.”
Kelloms says she enjoys fishing, traveling, biking, hiking, running and reading her Bible. She’s also an avid animal lover and hopes voters will have the confidence in her necessary to lead Haskell into the future as Saline County continues prospering.
“I want to use the ‘Golden Rule’ as a marker for residents and their pursuit to have a higher standard of living in a close-knit community,” she said.