Former alderman George Stepps is launching a bid to rejoin the Pine Bluff City Council and is challenging incumbent Win Trafford for the Ward 2 seat. Trafford has announced he will be a candidate for reelection.

Previously Stepps represented the city’s 4th Ward, a post he held for 12 years before seeking election as Jefferson County Treasurer in 2016. After he was defeated in that race, he filed as an independent candidate for his Ward 4 seat and lost in November to current Council member Bruce Lockett.

“As I look around our city, I know in my heart that we can do better economically,” Stepps said in a press release. “We can do better with our infrastructure. We can also do better in moving this city forward.”

A Democrat, the former three-term council member, Stepps served for more than 30 years as the district manager for the Arkansas Department of Finance Administration’s Field Audit District (DFA).

“I spent more than 30 years supervising a staff of 26 tax employees that covered 13 counties and five out-of-state areas,

including Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi,” Stepps said in the release. “I know and understand why it is necessary for us to work together to rebuild this community.”

While a member of the Pine Bluff City Council, Stepps served as chairman of the council’s Administration Committee and was a member of the Ways and Means Committee and the Public Safety Committee.

He is a proud graduate of Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical & Normal College (now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff), where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in accounting. Additionally, Stepps earned a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Stepps and his wife, Pearly Stepps, are proud parents to Dr. Kristopher Stepps, MD, Dr. Kristy Stepps, MD. and Ashley Stepps, a licensed attorney. In addition, Stepps has nine grandchildren.