Ronnie Roper has announced his candidacy for mayor of Charleston, according to a news release.

Roper has been a Charleston resident since July 1972. He has served as alderman for Ward 2 for the past 5½ years, the release states.

"It has been an honor to serve in this position, and it has taught me much about the business and the needs of our city in which to live," Roper says in the release. "It would be my goal to make Charleston a place anyone would want to call home."

Roper retired from the Air Force at the 188th Fighter Wing in 2007 after 37 years of service. He worked as fuels manager and retired as a chief master sergeant. He currently works as a customer service representative in the hardware department at Lowe's in Fort Smith.

Roper and his wife, Becky, and stepdaughter, Breanna, attend Mt. View Free Will Baptist Church in Charleston.

"It would be an honor to serve Charleston as your next mayor," Roper says in the release.