Lewis T. White — a civil rights activist, community leader and business owner — announced his candidacy Friday for Pine Bluff City Council 4th Ward alderman in the Nov. 4 general election.
White described himself in a press release as a proven leader who has demonstrated knowledge, skills and abilities in previous positions such as a commissioner with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Theta Iota Lambda Chapter, president of the Minority Disability Advocacy Network, vice president of Pine Bluff Citizens Boys and Girls Club Inc. and chairman of the Pine Bluff Communities Against Drugs Coalition.
White has a Bachelor’s Degree in sociology from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, has a Master’s Degree in education from American International College in Springfield, Mass., and has conducted doctoral studies at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass., with a focus on community mental health and addiction treatment. He has more than 30 years of professional behavioral health experience working with federal, state, local and community initiatives.
White said his dedication, commitment and front-line participation in the Pine Bluff civil rights movement, combined with community advocacy and professional experience has provided him with a diverse understanding of community issues unique to Ward 4 and the city of Pine Bluff.
“There are many people who are not heard in Pine Bluff,” White said in the press release. “They are youth, they are poor, they are elderly, they are black and they are white. A large portion of our city’s population is excluded from participating in making the decisions that affect their lives.”
White said he is a candidate for Pine Bluff City Council to ensure the citizens of Ward 4 — and all the people of Pine Bluff — are heard.
“[My] campaign is specifically based on three interrelated issues of community empowerment, expanding opportunities for jobs and reducing the adverse affects of drugs and crime in our community,” White said in the press release. “These issues will be more fully articulated throughout the course of the campaign, but they are undoubtedly some of the most pressing issues facing our community.”
White has filed to run for the office as an independent. He faces incumbent Steven Mays, who is running as a Democrat.