DeVito, 62, is the owner and chef of DeVito's Italian restaurant. Moon, 48, is vice-president of the Historic District Commission and the Eureka Springs Preservation Society. Moon challenged DeVito for the seat in the last election, and said he is running again because he believes he can make a difference.
"I will listen to who put me in office," Moon said. "I will do their will, not mine."
DeVito said he is running because he was raised in a family that valued service to the community. He has lived in Eureka Springs for 25 years, and is the third generation of his family in Ozark tourism. His grandfather, Albert Raney, owned Marble Falls cavern and trout farm in Newton County that Raney sold to Al Capp, who turned it into Dogpatch. DeVito's father, Louis J. DeVito, started the Bear Creek Springs trout farm in Berryville now run by DeVito's brothers. James DeVito started the restaurant side at Bear Creek before opening his Eureka Springs restaurant .
"I built my house and my business here," DeVito said. "I'm fully committed to the community."
Originally from Truman, Ark., Moon moved to Eureka Springs in 2002, and works at the New Delhi Indian restaurant and Eureka Live. He previously lived in Laguna Beach, Calif., where he worked for the Ritz-Carlton Hotels.
I'm all about tourism -- that's my business in life," Moon said.
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