Fourth District Justice of the Peace Mandy Alford has announced she will be a candidate for re-election in the May 22 Democratic primary.

Fourth District Justice of the Peace Mandy Alford has announced she will be a candidate for re-election in the May 22 Democratic primary.

Alford has held the position on the Jefferson County Quorum Court for six years.

She is currently chairman of the community development/grants committee and serves on the health and welfare and solid waste/recycling committees.

In a news release, Alford said she worked hard for the passage of the Jefferson County Economic Development Tax and “as a current member of the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce, she is looking forward to ever-increasing economic growth and benefits for Southeast Arkansas.”

Then-Gov. Dale Bumpers appointed Alford to the Arkansas State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Coordination Council where she served as a member of the grants committee, appropriating millions of dollars to substance abuse programs from 1997 to 2001.

She has also held leadership positions in the Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas.

“Ensuring that area agencies have the resources they need to operate is one of the most important aspects of serving on the quorum court,” Alford said, “as well as making sure agency employees are paid a fair wage.”

As a registered nurse, Alford has worked for the Jefferson County Health Department as well as volunteering for the Red Cross Bloodmobile and as a Contact Telephone volunteer. She was also appointed to the Jefferson County Emergency Ambulance Committee, a position she still holds.

“After much prayer and discussion, I determined that serving as justice of the peace is a way for me to put my leadership skills to work for a positive impact on the community,” she said.

Alford is a member of Grace Episcopal Church where she serves on the church Board and as a lay minister. She is also a member of the Jefferson County Democratic Women’s Club and the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service Planning Committee, “Dedicated to Turning the Tide on Poverty.”