Ward 4 Alderman Steven Mays is seeking re-election to the Pine Bluff City Council and facing a challenge from Christopher "Chris" Blunt Sr.

Ward 4 Alderman Steven Mays is seeking re-election to the Pine Bluff City Council and facing a challenge from Christopher "Chris" Blunt Sr.


Both are running as Democrats in the May 20 primary.


Mays is chairman of the city council’s public works committee and also serves on the traffic and aviation and development and planning committees. He is a past chairman of the Family Community Development Corp. In a press release announcing his candidacy, he said he is a lifelong resident of Ward 4.


"It is an honor to serve you and your families in the great city of Pine Bluff," Mays said in the release. "We must continue to work together in order to move our great city forward into the future."


Mays said he is the only alderman who is certified by the Arkansas Municipal League as a certified municipal official during his first four-year term.


"I have contacted City Hall over 500 times and have helped over 4,000 citizens directly or indirectly, including speaking and supporting in many different places and events in our city," he said. "… I have worked actively with all five neighborhood watch groups in the 4th Ward and helped them to grow and reduce crime."


Blunt is seeking a position that was held for nearly 15 years by his father, the late Levert Blunt Jr.


"My father always wanted to move this city forward because he recognized its potential for greatness," Blunt said in a press release announcing his candidacy. "My desire and willingness is to serve the citizens of the 4th Ward and the city of Pine Bluff. I understand service to the community."


Blunt, 38, said he is a lifelong resident of Ward 4. He is employed by the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration as a state tax auditor. Blunt is a 1999 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting. In 2005, he earned a master’s degree in accounting from Webster University.


Blunt says he hopes to launch a program with the Small Business Development Center at UAPB to develop more minority-owned businesses in the 4th Ward. He served on the Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Commission for two years.