Candidates and volunteers stand across the street from the Jefferson County Courthouse as early voting goes on Monday. Tuesday, voters will select a Pine Bluff treasurer and Ward 1 alderman. (Special to the Commercial/William Harvey)
Georgia Tate, left, and Alexis Tate sign up for early voting at the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office at the courthouse Monday, the last day to vote early in the runoff election. Tuesday, voters will choose a Pine Bluff city treasurer and Ward 1 alderman. (Special to The Commercial/William Harvey)
Voters enter the room to cast ballots in the run off at the Jefferson County Courthouse Monday. Tuesday, voters will select a Pine Bluff treasurer and Ward 1 alderman (Special to The Commercial/William Harvey)
The race for Pine Bluff City Treasurer and Ward 1 Alderman will be decided in the Tuesday runoff election, with polling sites open from 7:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.
The City Treasurer race is between Janice L. Roberts and Greg Gustek; while the Ward 1 Alderman race is between Lloyd A. Holcomb Jr. and Alfred Carroll.
Early voting was held Nov. 20, Nov. 21 and Monday.
Alneata Henderson, deputy clerk for voter registration with the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office, said that
as of 4:15 p.m. Monday, early voting totalled 793 with 400 voting Monday alone.
Voters are to go to their regular election day polling locations Tuesday.
In the general election Nov. 6, results were:
• Roberts — 7,144 votes
• Gustek — 5,187 votes
Roberts served on the city council for six years, and is a program manager with the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.
Roberts promoted her financial experience while running for the seat.
“I want to enhance the position by advising the mayor and making sound projections,” Roberts said previously. “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.
Gustek served as city treasurer between 1997 and 2008. He is director of the Pine Bluff Convention and Visitors Bureau and executive director of the Pine Bluff Festival Association.
Gustek said he is the lone candidate with experience in the treasurer’s office.
“I’ve been in the job and saw it through several progressions in the past,” Gustek said previously. “I’m experienced with budgets and I’m ready to implement some improvements needed for the future. I’m already familiar with the responsibilities of the job, which is to be the banker for the city. The treasurer doesn’t work for the mayor or the city council, but rather for the taxpayers.”
Ward 1 Alderman
In the general election, results were:
• Holcomb — 1,683 votes
• Carroll — 1,297 votes
Holcomb is the son of retiring Ward 1 Alderman Irene Holcomb and previously 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 recently. “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, who is also a local pastor, said that if elected he will work for the betterment of Pine Bluff’s citizens by working to enhance legislation already in place.
Carroll, who is also principal of Southwood Elementary School and a member of the Jefferson County Quorum Court, said he believes his 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 recently. “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, who is also a minister, said his experience has 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.
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.