Barbara J. Blunt of Pine Bluff is forming an exploratory committee to run for the Fourth District Congressional seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Mike Ross. Ross announced last year that he wouldn't seek re-election.

Barbara J. Blunt of Pine Bluff is forming an exploratory committee to run for the Fourth District Congressional seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Mike Ross. Ross announced last year that he wouldn’t seek re-election.

Blunt, who is also known as Barbara Blunt Muhummad, is a nurse and strong supporter of efforts to deter crime, she said.

She graduated from Townsend Park High School in 1967, attended AM&N College (now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff) and pursued a nursing career at Southeast Arkansas College.

“What really got me interested in running for the Fourth Congressional seat is that I had been deathly ill. I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and I found out that medical insurance and prescription insurance can be better than what it is, along with other problems in the Fourth Congressional District. I want to make a difference,” she said.

Several people have already announced plans to seek the congressional seat, including Republicans Beth Anne Rankin, Tom Cotton, and Marcus Richmond and Democrat state Sen. Gene Jeffress.