According to a press release, local political consultant, analyst and outspoken person, Sam Whitfield is pleased to announce his candidacy for Ward 1 Alderman in the City of Pine Bluff.

He will face current Council Member Lloyd Holcomb Jr., who has announced he will seek reelection.

Whitfield said he has lived in Pine Bluff for the last 15 years. After retiring from the Pine Bluff Arsenal in December 2018,Whitfield’s focus on local city politics grew even more, he said in the press release. He is no stranger to the local political arena. He has openly spoken out on a number of issues involving Pine Bluff to include the need for basic municipal services, tax measures, and the fiscal responsibility of local city elected officials.

Prior to moving to Pine Bluff, Whitfield served for a time as the first Black elected Municipal Court Judge. He served as a member of the Phillips County Quorum Court, Chairman of the Phillips County Election Commission, and Chairman of the Phillips County Democratic Central Committee. Whitfield served over 13 years in the U.S. military (Army/National Guard) and was honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Whitfield is married to Brindy Whitfield, who is employed by the Department of Human Services. They have nine (9) grown children and eight (8) grandchildren. As a life-long member of New Hope Baptist Church (Helena, Arkansas), he has served as a Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, and Sunday School Superintendent. He has also served as Assistant Dean of the Arkansas Congress of Christian Education.

Whitfield holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and a Bachelor of Art degree with a double major (Criminal Justice and Political Science) from Memphis State University in Memphis, Tennessee.

Whitfield’s agenda as Council member will include the following:

(1) growth of the local economy;

(2) providing basic municipal services;

(3) addressing crime in the city;

(4) lack of minority contractors;

(5) accountability of city officials in fiscal matters;

(6) a total review of the 24 taxes currently being paid by the citizens; and

(7) to better inform the citizens of elected officials who have abrogated their rights and duties.

He said in the press release the City of Pine Bluff is facing a major fiscal crisis. At the going rate, Pine Buff will either go bankrupt or new taxes will be imposed upon the citizens in addition to the already 24 taxes paid by Pine Bluff citizens. Time is running out. There must be a change. Whitfield is running in the Democratic Primary. He is asking for your prayers and above all your vote to make a change for the good of Pine Bluff. Thank you.