Justice of the Peace Alford to run for another term

Jefferson County District Four Justice of the Peace Mandy Alford has announced her intention to seek another term in the May Democratic Primary.

Alford is chairman of the Jefferson County Quorum Court’s Judicial Committee, and a member of the Health and Welfare and Solid Waste/Recycling committees.

In a press release, Alford said she “worked hard for the passage of the Jefferson County Economic Development Tax and as a current member of the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce, she is looking forward to ever-increasing economic growth and benefits for Jefferson County and Southeast Arkansas.

“I’m proud to be able to represent not only the people in the city of Pine Bluff, but to the rest of Jefferson County,” she said. “I enjoy helping people when they need help and working to see that we have a better county — and do it all in a fiscally responsible way.”

Alford said one of the most important aspects of the quorum court is “ensuring that county offices have the resources they need to operate, as well as making sure the employees are paid a fair wage.”

She also serves on the Quorum Court Committee of the Arkansas Association of Counties.

Former Gov. Dale Bumpers appointed Alford to the Arkansas State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Coordinating Council where she served as a member of the grants committee from 1972 to 1998. She has held statewide leadership positions in the Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas including board member of Camp Mitchell on Petit Jean Mountain, and as an official delegate has attended state and national conventions for more than 25 years. Since 2004, she has been a member of the Arkansas Silver Haired Legislature, where the news release said she has advocated legislation elderly Arkansans.

As a registered nurse, Alford first worked for Ben Pearson Inc., as an industrial nurse and then for the Jefferson County Health Department as a public health nurse.

After retiring to raise her children, she volunteered with the Red Cross Bloodmobile and was a contact telephone volunteer. She was appointed by the late Jefferson County Judge Earl Chadick to the Jefferson County Emergency Ambulance Committee, and is on the board of the Area Agency on Aging and serves on the agency’s Professional Home Health Committee.

Alford is a member of Grace Episcopal Church where she serves on the church board and is a Lay Eucharistic Minister. She is also a member of the Jefferson County Democratic Women’s Club and works with programs of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.