Frederick M. Toney will face incumbent Alderman George Stepps and challenger Bruce Lockett for the 4th Ward position on the Pine Bluff City Council.

Frederick M. Toney will face incumbent Alderman George Stepps and challenger Bruce Lockett for the 4th Ward position on the Pine Bluff City Council.

The election will be held Nov. 6.

A real estate and economic development consultant, Toney owns FMT & Associates. For 20 years, he has worked with local, state and federal agencies to implement community development programs, he said in a news release.

“Pine Bluff is the anchor of the Southeast Arkansas economy…The leadership of Pine Bluff has the awesome challenge of creating a competitive environment for economic growth for its citizens and coordinating with county, regional, state and federal agencies to promote and stimulate economic development of this region. I am willing to become a part of the leadership structure of Pine Bluff and will diligently work to build a strong local and region economy,” Toney said.

Toney said if elected he plans to be an advocate for neighborhood revitalization, employment opportunities, expansion of youth development programs, efficient and effective use of the city’s resources and economic development planning.

A graduate of Townsend Park High School, he received a bachelor of science degree from AM&N College (now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff), and a master of science degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

A Vietnam area veteran, Toney’s experience also includes teaching undergraduate business and economics courses.

According to the news release, Toney served as project manager for a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development technical assistance grant where he managed more than $3 million in funding and worked with 85 community development organizations in 16 states.