Lockett to seek JP District 7 position

Bruce Lockett of Pine Bluff announced Monday that he will be a candidate for Jefferson County District 7 Justice of the Peace in the May Democratic primary. The position is currently held by Justice of the Peace Vannette Johnson, who has not announced his plans.

District 7 includes the University Park area, the Lake Saracen area and a portion of the Dollarway area.

“I have lived in District Seven most of my life,” Lockett said in a press release. “I believe this is a great community. I will do my best to make sure District 7 gets the resources that are needed to make this a thriving community.”

Lockett is outreach coordinator at Future Builders, Inc., a nonprofit organization in Wrightsville — a position he has held for nine years. In this position, he is responsible for writing grants and conducting community outreach programs related to youth, youth development and community development.

He is chairman of the Arkansas HIV/AIDS Minority Taskforce, board president of the Family Community Development Corp. of Pine Bluff; board president of the Delta Citizens Alliance in Greenville, Miss., and a member of the Dollarway Booster Club. He formerly served as president of the Pine Bluff Citizens Boys and Girls Club, board member of Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Clean and Beautiful Commission and co-chair of the Arkansas Citizen First Congress.

Lockett said that as justice of the peace for District 7, his top priorities would be to work to attract jobs, support education and assist with the investment in social and economic infrastructure.

He said in the news release that he is “committed to Jefferson County and the constituents of District 7.

“Above all, he will represent his constituents’ interest in a vigilant and urgent manner.”

Lockett graduated from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 1994 with a bachelor of arts degree in history. He is a 1983 graduate of Dollarway High School.

Lockett is married to Soyna Bell Lockett and they have one son, Shamon Bell, and one grandchild.