Ferguson to seek District 16 seat in state House

Kenneth B. “Ken” Ferguson, former director of human resources for the city of Pine Bluff, has announced his candidacy for the District 16 seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives.

Ferguson, a Democrat, worked in city government for more than 27 years and served as director of human resources from 1982 until 2007. He then became executive director of the Arkansas Workforce Board and for the past four years has served as Arkansas Workforce Investment Director.

In his current position, Ferguson is responsible for providing orientation/training and technical assistance to chief elected officials to ensure compliance with federal and state Workforce Investment Act laws and collaborating with state-supported community colleges to ensure Workforce Development programs align with the needs of business and industry.

Ferguson’s board and commission affiliations include being a current member of the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet and former service as board member of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission and the Board of Trustees for Southeast Arkansas Community College,

A news release said that Ferguson’s top priorities if he is elected will be to work to create jobs through economic development and support education and workforce training.

“He is committed to the constituents of District 16,” the news release said. “Above all, he will represent his constituents’ interest without personal agendas and work on behalf of their issues and concerns.”

Ferguson is a 1973 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in social science and a 1969 graduate of the former Merrill High School in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He has been a member of Saint Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Pine Bluff all of his life.

Ferguson and his wife, Cassandra McFadden Ferguson, have four children and four grandchildren. His parents were the late Fred and Beatrice (Boone) Ferguson.