Long time District Three Justice of the Peace Delton Wright is being challenged in the May 20 Democratic primary by political newcomer Reginald Johnson.
Wright is currently finishing his seventh term and is chairman of the Health and Welfare Committee of the county’s legislative body. He also serves on the Building and Grounds and Community Development/Grants Committees.
He is a business owner and the owner of Wright Properties.
Wright is a member of the Arkansas Association of Counties, Democratic Central Committee, executive board and lifetime member of the NAACP, a member of the Westside Businessman’s Association and Highland Baptist Church.
“Thank you District Three supporters for allowing dedicated, proven leadership to take you in the right direction for 14 years,” Wright said in a press release announcing his candidacy. “I remain committed to the community and Jefferson County and ask that you let the right experience continue to work for you.”
Johnson is the director of Technical Services for the Dollarway School District and the son of former UAPB Chancellor and Arkansas State Representative Calvin Johnson.
He is a graduate of Watson Chapel High School and received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
“We have some major challenges in this county and in this city, and I’m prepared to work with other quorum court members to ensure that the taxpayers’ money is being spent in the right manner,” Johnson said. “I have lived in District Three all of my life and I want to represent the people of District Three.”
No Republican has filed for the position.