District 5 JP Franklin seeks another term

District 5 Justice of the Peace Lloyd Franklin II has announced he will be a candidate for re-election to his third term in the May Democratic primary.

“We are at a critical time in Jefferson County dealing with a declining tax base,” Franklin said in a news release. “Difficult decisions must be made. Budget cuts are necessary and they are currently being implemented.

“Before every meeting, I think of the advice given to me just before I walked into my first quorum court meeting,” Franklin said. “Fellow Justice of the Peace Dr. Herman Ginger said to me, ‘when you walk through these doors, leave your personal feelings outside; it’s not personal in here. We make decisions that are in the best interest of the county.’”

Franklin said in the release that his experience and knowledge in technology “has enabled me to help assist the county in heading into a more technologically advanced environment, which will enhance its efficiency and save the taxpayers money.

“I am currently working with elected officials on various projects to improve the county, such as automation for the clerk’s office and biometric/facial recognition time clocks to name a few,” Franklin said.

He also said he is currently sponsoring legislation that would restructure the county’s motor fleet, eliminating all take home vehicles for non-emergency responding personnel. Franklin also hopes to establish a county car pool in the county judge’s office for employee use when on county business.

“Jefferson County has currently one of the largest motor fleets in the state compared to other counties,” Franklin said. “I have enjoyed serving my community and saving the taxpayers money. I appreciate the support, love and prayers from the citizens of Jefferson County.”

Franklin graduated from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff with a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice. He is a 2013 graduate of the Leadership Pine Bluff class, sponsored by the Greater Pine Bluff Chamber of Commerce.

He is a member of the Democratic Central Committee and attends New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church.

He is currently chairman of the Quorum Court Youth and Recreation Committee and serves on the Public Safety/Emergency Services and Health and Welfare committees.