Paris mayor youngest in city history
Daniel Rogers is Paris' golden boy.
Daniel took a quorum court position at just 23. He conquered the position of Paris mayor at just 27, becoming the city's youngest mayor in its history.
Daniel has continued to serve as mayor since 2011, beating out other candidates year after year.
“You just really can do a lot of good” as mayor, Daniel said, stating why he continues with the job.
Daniel said he became interested in politics when his father Jim Rogers got on the quorum court.
“I just thought it was so neat," Daniel said.
He ran for justice of the peace on the quorum court when Jim, who also served on the court, suggested he try for the position.
“And I was glad he was on the quorum court when I was because that’s kind of an unusual thing for both of us to be on there at the same time," Jim said.
Daniel served on the court for four years before moving on to mayor.
“I kind of fell in love with public service from there," Daniel said about working on the quorum court.
Jim said he went door to door with Daniel campaigning for him to become mayor.
“He’s real concerned about taking care of the little guy," Jim said about Daniel as mayor. He later added, “He’ll do just as much to help somebody that doesn’t have anything as somebody who owns half the town."
Jim said that Daniel likes to help people.
“If they need him, they can get a hold of him," Jim said.
Neal Wade, Daniel's friend of about 35 years, described Daniel as one of the better mayor's that the city has ever had.
“He’s got a lot on his plate and manages to do the job well," Wade said.
Daniel and Wade met at First Baptist Church in Paris. Wade said that Daniel is a devoted family man and Christian.
“He’s been good for Paris, exceptionally good for Paris," Wade said
Daniel grew up on his family's dairy farm in Carbon City. He always went to Paris schools and helped out at the dairy cream his parents operated, selling hamburgers and ice cream to the surrounding community.
“It was a really good childhood," Daniel said.
He said he thinks that experience helped him when he ran for mayor.
“I think being elected young has to do with people knowing your family," Daniel said.
Daniel has always lived in Paris, excluding about a year he spent at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith.
He said he "never thought of living anywhere else, to be honest with you.”
He loves Paris for its people.
“I think it’s just good people for the most part," Daniel said.
He loves Paris for its beauty.
“This is just a beautiful part of the country," Daniel said.
He said he loves the South and would not want to live anywhere else.
“I don’t know why anyone would want to live anywhere else really," Daniel said.
Daniel has been married for three years and has two children.