Three Democrats are running for District Seven on the Jefferson County Quorum Court, including the daughter of the current office holder.

Three Democrats are running for District Seven on the Jefferson County Quorum Court, including the daughter of the current office holder.


Melanie Johnson Dumas, Bruce Lockett and Porter Jackson III are seeking the seat currently held by Vannette Johnson, who is retiring after serving for 37 years.


"My father has served the people of Jefferson County for 37 years," Dumas said in a press release. "I know, without a doubt, that I would be the best person to continue his legacy of serving the people of District Seven and Jefferson County with dedication, fairness and loyalty. When I was in high school, my summer months were spent working in the County Judge’s office under the leadership of the late Judge Earl Chadick."


She graduated from Dollarway High School in 1979 and attended both Tuskegee University and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. She is currently employed by Priority One Services at the National Center for Toxicological Research as a Technician Specialist.


Lockett is currently Outreach Coordinator at Future Builders Inc., a nonprofit organization in Wrightsville, a position he has held for nine years. He is responsible for writing grants and conducting community based programs related to health, youth development and community development.


In a press release announcing his candidacy, he said if elected his top priorities would be to work to attract jobs, support education and assist with the investment in social and economic infrastructure.


He graduated from Dollarway High School in 1983 and from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.


Jackson, the third candidate in the race, did not submit a press release announcing his candidacy.


No Republican has filed for the position.