Ward 3 Alderman Bill Brumett is running for re-election for the Pine Bluff City Council against challengers Sheila Moon and Michael McCray.
The three are running as Democrats and will face off in the May 20 primary.
Brumett is currently the council’s senior member, having served as alderman since 1996.
“I appreciate the confidence the constituents have expressed in me by electing me to serve on their council nearly two decades now,” Brumett said in a press release announcing his intent to run for re-election. “I take the job and responsibility of being their alderman seriously and give my word that I’ll continue to do my absolute best in ensuring that I’m always worthy of the trust and faith they’ve placed in me.”
Brumett, a Lonoke County native, is a longtime Pine Bluff resident. He formed the NewLife Insurance Marketing alliance of independent insurance and financial services professionals in 1985 and currently owns The Brumett Agency Inc. Tax Centers of Dollarway and Auto Express LLC.
Brumett chairs the council’s ways and means committee and is also a member of the public safety and public works committees. He also chairs the Pine Bluff Advertising and Tourist Promotion Commission.
Moon is retired from the Pine Bluff School District and is the owner of She-Gales Fashions.
“I remain a dedicated member of my community by serving as a board member for the Family Community Corp. of Pine Bluff and I serve as an active member on the committee to restore the Big Rec Project of Townsend Park,” she said in a press release. “I have been a member of the Education Association of Pine Bluff and currently serve as a volunteer for the national marrow donation organization Be The Match.”
Moon was part-owner of S & G Hats and Fashions in San Diego, Calif., prior to relocating back to Pine Bluff.
Moon said she received her early education at Townsend Park School at Pine Bluff before moving to California and attended Lincoln High School in San Diego. She received a degree in business from San Diego City College.
McCray is a former member of the Pine Bluff Aviation Commission.
“I am very proud of what former mayor Carl Redus started with the redevelopment of the Pine Bluff Municipal Airport and look forward to continuing and expanding this model of community economic development,” McCray said in a press release.
McCray said that as a member and chairman of the commission, he was “responsible for Grider Field’s inclusion in Pine Bluff’s HUD 2005 Consolidated Plan and its eligibility for Community Economic Development Funding.
“I attracted the first minority business contractor as an operator of the diner/restaurant lease in the 850-plus-acre facility at Grider Field,” McCray said. “During my tenure, the Airport Commission leveraged $40,000 in city funding into a $350,000 development project.”