Bobby Tab Townsell


City of Conway


Bobby Tab Townsell

Rapid growth — inside and around Tab Townsell’s career — is a phenomenon to which he’s become accustomed.

In 1998, he carried 61 percent of the vote to become the mayor of one of Arkansas’ fastest growing cities.

“We’re looking at 85 percent growth in the past 10 years,” Townsell said.

On Aug. 29, he faces what may be his most daunting challenge when voters go to the polls to consider a sales tax increase that would provide $100 million for transportation and other capital improvements.

Townsell turned 39 on Sunday.

Townsell moved from just west of Conway and entered the Conway school system in the third grade. He earned a political science degree from the University of Central Arkansas in 1984 and an MBA from Texas Christian University two years later.

He worked in his family’s businesses, Townsell-Hill Inc. and Concrete Formings Inc., and served on the Conway Planning Commission and the Metroplan’s First Transportation Advisory Committee from 1993-1995.

He said he may seek a second four-year term as mayor, but he won’t seek a third. He might seek other political office.

“Being in a leadership role like a mayor, I do think you lose your sense of innovation,” he said.