Press Release


Sonia Gutierrez Announces Campaign Launch for Fayetteville City Council


Fayetteville, AR—This Saturday, February 24th, at NOMAD’s MUSIC LOUNGE, located at 1431 S. School Ave, from 7pm to 9pm, Sonia Gutierrez, a 26-year Fayetteville resident, founder of New Design School, owner of Atelier NDS, and social entrepreneur will launch her campaign to be the next city council member from Ward 1.  

This Saturday at NOMAD’s, Sonia welcomes friends and community members to hear her plans for the future of Ward 1. “After living in Fayetteville nearly three decades, I am personally connected and commercially invested in the success of Ward 1 and Fayetteville.  I understand the concerns of local, small business owners like myself. I relate to those who want to maintain our unique curb appeal, because I want to see our current buildings repurposed. I am energized by all the talent that is continuing to call Fayetteville home. At the same time, I want to be sure appreciation for the long-time locals is respected by bringing development decisions to a table where all stakeholders are heard.”

In 2009, Mayor Lioneld Jordan asked Sonia to lead the Creative Economy Action Group, one of many groups formed from the Fayetteville Forward Summit. It has been a group of seasoned and just starting artists who want to work together to increase economic opportunities for creative people.

Sonia has lived and studied abroad, is a recipient of numerous commendations and scholarships, and can be seen week to week at some of Fayetteville’s and NWA’s most exciting business and other cultural happenings. “Since 1992, Fayetteville is the only place I want to call home. Today is a great time to be part of this City.  Our natural beauty, amenities and our economy make us one of the highest ranked places to work and play in the U.S.”  Sonia wants to steer and manage the “Creative Corridor” envisioned for Ward 1 from Archibald Yell through MLK Jr. Blvd, and to Cato Spring Road. “I want the Creative Corridor to be friendly for walking, welcoming for living, and support a thriving economy.”

Sonia states her platform simply, “Financially Fit: because a healthy economy affords us great amenities. Friendly: because we want to be inclusive and reduce barriers for residents and visitors. Funky: because we value the arts, appreciate our unique curb appeal and celebrate our local businesses.I am invested and connected to Fayetteville. By bringing problem solving and creativity I know I can make a positive difference.”

To hear all this and more, you can join Sonia and friends at NOMAD’s located at 1431 S. School Ave., this Saturday from 7 to 9pm.

Brad Harvey