Early voting continues Monday at the Jefferson County Courthouse in the runoff election that will determine Pine Bluff’s city treasurer and the Ward 1 alderman.
Monday is the last day for early voting at the Jefferson County Courthouse between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Early voters are to go to the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office and they will be instructed on how to proceed.
Election Day is Tues., Nov. 27 between 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m at regular assigned polling locations.
In the city treasurer’s race, Pine Bluff residents will decide between former Pine Bluff Alderwoman Janice L. Roberts and former City Treasurer Greg Gustek.
Gustek held the position of City Treasurer from 1997 to 2008.
Previously, Gustek also ran for Pine Bluff mayor.
Born and raised in Pine Bluff, Gustek attended Pine Bluff High School and graduated from Louisiana Tech University.
“The city treasurer is a part-time position, and this will give me another opportunity to serve the citizens of Pine Bluff,” Gustek said in a news release. “I promote this city in a positive way every day with my positions and am its No. 1 advocate. We must all defend our city from the unfair negativity that it receives. This is our hometown, and we all need to let people know of all the positive things that it has.”
Gustek is the director of the Pine Bluff Convention and Visitors Bureau and executive director of the Pine Bluff Festival Association and the Pine Bluff Image Campaign Committee.
Roberts served on the city council for six years and is currently a program manager with the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.
Roberts has emphasized her financial experience during the campaign.
“I want to enhance the position by advising the mayor and making sound projections,” Roberts said. “I have established relationships with financial institutions and I’m familiar with applicable laws. I also did budget work for the city when I was with the council, and I plan to create a website showing financial data so citizens can obtain information whenever they might want it.”
Roberts, who has a 25 year-background in accounting, has degrees in business economics and public administration.
Ward 1 Alderman
In Ward 1, Lloyd A. Holcomb Jr. is competing against Alfred Carroll.
Holcomb is the son of retiring Ward 1 Alderman Irene Holcomb and said he looks forward to carving out his own legacy.
“I love Pine Bluff and have been a resident of the First Ward for over 37 years,” he said. “I want to represent the First Ward into a new generation of progress. My campaign theme is ‘A new voice; a new vision; a new brand of politics.’ I intend to move forward in making this city a better place for everyone. We need to reduce crime and make the quality of living better for all residents and put Pine Bluff back on the right track.”
Holcomb said that, if elected, he will work for the betterment of Pine Bluff’s citizens by working to enhance legislation already in place.
“I want to thank my supporters for their hard work and for getting us this far,” Holcomb said. “In the runoff I’ll work even harder and want to encourage everyone to please go out and vote.”
Carroll, who is also principal of Southwood Elementary School, said he believes his past experience and his ability to translate ideas into action make him the right choice for Ward 1.
“I’m the only one of the five candidates that put out tangible kinds of ideas to make a positive impact on this ward,” Carroll said. “I have put out the most comprehensive information on those ideas. I have not wavered from my focus on education, the economy, the elderly and the youth. We’ve been able to articulate well-thought-out plans on how we will go about doing what we said we will do. I don’t think the other candidates have given thought to the actual nuts and bolts of taking a concept from beginning to accomplishing what you say you will do.”
Carroll said his experience as a member of the Jefferson County Quorum Court, as an educator and as a minister have given him the tools to succeed as an alderman.
“In each area, one could say that I consistently get things done by challenging myself and those around me to do better, to give more and to do more,” Carroll said.
“It’s been a tough campaign,” Carroll said. “I look forward to finishing what we started and serving the people of Ward 1. There is a lot of hard work ahead of us.”
Polling Sites and Precincts
Voters may look up their precinct numbers at www.voterview.ar-nova.org.
Shrine Temple (Dining Room) Main Street at Ninth Avenue: precincts 105, 111, and 112.
Old Morning Star Baptist Church, 3116 Port Road: precincts 103, 106, and 115.
The Pines mall, 2901 Pines Mall Drive: precincts 107, 113, 114, and 119.
Mt. Harmony Baptist Church, 812 E. Harding: precincts 116, 117, 120, and 121.
Greenmeadows Baptist Annex, 4201 Hwy. 65 South: precincts 125, 128, 129, and 130.
Arkansas River Educational Service Cooperative (Old Sears building), 912 W. 6th Avenue: precincts 104, 108, 109, and 110.
New St. Hurricane Baptist Church, 3319 Ohio: precincts 122, 123, 124, and 126.
Immanuel Baptist Church, 16th Ave. and Hickory St.: precincts 201, 203, 204, and 206.
Southside Activities Building, 23rd Avenue and Elm Street: precincts 202, 205, 207, 208, 209, 210, 212, and 213.
Forrest Park Assembly of God (A), 33rd Avenue and Hazel Street: precincts 211 and 214.
First Presbyterian Family Life Center, 700 W. 32nd Avenue: precincts 216, 217, 219, 220, and 227.
Church of Christ, 4015 Hazel Street: precincts 215 and 218.
First Baptist Church- Family Life, 6501 S. Hazel Street: precincts 221, 222, 223, 224, 225 and 226.
Central Presbyterian Church, 6300 Trinity Drive: precincts 330, 331, and 332.
Cumberland Presbyterian, 2401 Camden Road: precincts 315, 317, 318, 319, and 323.
Matthews Memorial, W. 20th Avenue and Highway 79: precincts 301, 306, 307, 308, 309, and 310.
St. Peter’s Rock Baptist, 1201 S. Catalpa: precincts 302, 303, 304, 311, 312, and 316.
Goodfaith United Methodist, 3703 Ryburn Road: precincts 313, 314, 321, 322, 324, 325, 326, and 327.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 4200 Old Warren Road: precincts 320, 328, and 329.
UAPB Stadium, Oliver Street, Pennymon Room, Gate 2: precincts 101, 102, and 423.
Pine Bluff School Admin. Office, 1215 W. Pullen: precincts 419, 420, 421, and 422.
New Town Missionary Baptist, 3600 West 2nd Street: precincts 409, 410, 417, and 418.
Gospel Temple Baptist Church, 1100 Oakwood: precincts 411, 412, 413, 414, 415, and 416.
Central Baptist Church, 6107 Dollarway Road: precincts 401, 402, 403, 404, 406, 424, 425, and 426.
The Labor Temple, 5300 West Hoover (Dollarway): precincts 405, 407, and 408.