Blunt announces bid for Ward 4 council seat

Christopher “Chris” Blunt Sr. announced Friday that he will be a candidate for a Fourth Ward alderman’s seat on the Pine Bluff City Council in the May 20 Democratic party primary.

The seat Blunt is seeking was held for nearly 15 years by his father, the late Levert Blunt Jr.

“My father always wanted to move this city forward because he recognized it’s potential for greatness,” the younger Blunt said in a news release announcing his candidacy. “My desire and willingness is to serve the citizens of the fourth ward and the city of Pine Bluff. I understand service to the community.”

Blunt, 38, is a lifelong resident of the Fourth Ward. He is employed by the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration as a state tax auditor. Blunt is a 1999 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting. In 2005, he earned a master’s degree in accounting from Webster University.

He is a member of the Highland Missionary Baptist Church of Pine Bluff and a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Blunt is also the father of three sons — Christopher, Jr., Cason and Chandler.

Blunt says he hopes to launch a program with the Small Business Development Center at UAPB to develop more minority-owned businesses in the Fourth Ward.

“When you hear people say we need jobs, they forget that small business owners are willing to hire and train folk just as large corporations,” he said. “Creating employment opportunities means we are working toward developing a strong workforce.”

Blunt served on the Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Commission for two years. He was a starting quarterback and defensive back for the Pine Bluff High School football team that won a state championship in 1994.

Blunt has coached youth football and basketball teams since 1999.

“Politics, in some ways, is like sports — you try to build a winning team, “ he says. “I want to be a part of the economic and political team that’s dedicated and committed to moving Pine Bluff forward in the right direction.”