Alderman Mays plans to run for Pine Bluff mayor

Steven Mays, current Pine Bluff City Council Fourth Ward alderman, announced Wednesday his intent to run for mayor of Pine Bluff in 2012.

“My platform is simple: I work for you, Pine Bluff,” Mays said in a press release. “It will focus on hands-on problem solving and unifying all four wards into a growing and productive city again. I will have a real open-door policy and a zero-tolerance [policy] for drug dealers and crime.

“All of our current political leaders have tried different avenues for the city of Pine Bluff, and as far as I can see, we the community are still going into the wrong direction,” Mays said in the release.

Mays said he intends to bring the community together by working toward the same common-sense goals: improving neighborhoods with public safety, fixing streets, upgrading all parks and creating a brand-new image by working with pastors, business leaders and educational leaders from the local school districts and institutes of higher education.

Mays said he has a five-point plan of action:

• reorganize city hall

• jobs

• helping all people

• public safety

• community improvements

Mays was born and raised in Pine Bluff. He graduated from Pine Bluff High School in 1979 and received a degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 1985.

He currently works at Pine Bluff Chemical Activity at the Pine Bluff Arsenal and is the past chairman of the Family Community Development Corp. Board of Directors.

Clarence Davis and Debe Hollingsworth have also announced their plans to run for mayor in 2012. Current Mayor Carl A. Redus Jr. has not made an official announcement.