Winford A. “Win” Trafford II, a Pine Bluff businessman, has announced his candidacy for the District 16 seat in the state House of Representatives in the May 20 Democratic primary.
The seat is currently held by Representative James Word, who is term-limited and cannot seek re-election.
“As a lifelong resident of Southeast Arkansas and a businessman, I share the same concerns of most Arkansas families and individuals,” Trafford said in a news release. “We must build and maintain effective and productive education systems, and work hard to create more and better job opportunities.
“We want our children to have gainful employment without having to leave our region,” he said. “Reaching those goals is my only agenda and the reason I am seeking this office.”
The district is composed of parts of Jefferson and Lincoln Counties, and includes parts of Pine Bluff. plus Redfield, Jefferson, Yorktown, Moscow, Altheimer, Sherrill and Wright.
Trafford is a licensed real estate broker and auctioneer, and is a Realtor. He is a member of the Pine Bluff Advertising and Promotion Commission and serves on the commission’s finance committee.
He is a former member of the Arkansas Auctioneers Association board of directors, and the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Jefferson County. He is president of Win’s Inc., which owns Trafford Real Estate, three building distributors and an online auction sales service. He is a member of the West Pine Bluff Rotary Club.
Trafford is a member of First Baptist Church of Pine Bluff where he serves on the administrative board, the building and maintenance boards, and is a member of the personnel committee.
He is married to Tracy Trafford, a teacher in the Watson Chapel School District, and they have two adult children. He is the son of Winfred A. Trafford and the late Charline Trafford. He attended Ouachita Baptist University and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.