Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a series of articles on candidates for Pine Bluff mayor.
Tim Whisenhunt, a 32 year old caregiver, plans to bring a new level of transparency to the office of Pine Bluff mayor if elected Nov. 6.
Whisenhunt is one of nine candidates for Pine Bluff mayor. The candidates include Peter Daniels Jr., Kent Broughton, Clarence Davis, John James, Debe Hollingsworth, Aldermen Thelma Walker and Steven Mays and Mayor Carl A. Redus Jr.
“I’m honest and truthful,” Whisenhunt said in answer to the question of what qualifies him to be mayor. “I will listen to the people and I will have an open door policy at my office. If they want to talk I will listen.”
Whisenhunt said that one of his top priorities for Pine Bluff if he is elected mayor is the retention and creation of jobs.
“I will try to protect jobs that are here and I will try to bring jobs back to Pine Bluff,” Whisenhunt said. “I will talk to businesses and try to get firms to come in here which will lead to more businesses coming in.”
“My other priority is to reinstate the civil service commission,” Whisenhunt said. “The biggest injustice is having one person able to pick the police chief and the fire chief instead of a committee. We need the commission to help look after the best interests of the city.”
“I told the members of the police and the fire departments that if the city can’t come up with the money for a cost of living increase and raise their salaries as well as protect their insurance then I will be the first one to take a cut in my salary,” Whisenhunt said.
Whisenhunt is interested in giving the young people of Pine Bluff the type of training that will allow them to become qualified to work for the types of companies that would bring good jobs to the area.
“One thing I would like to do is to bring a program that will give training to the students who give a year of service to the city that will benefit their progress into the workforce,” Whisenhunt. “City Year has already been utilized in Little Rock.”
“I would also like to see the development of a mentoring program by the city that takes students from UAPB and SEARK who will act as mentors to students in junior and senior high school,” Whisenhunt said.
Whisenhunt said in a press release announcing his candidacy that he wants to see young people more engaged in the voting process.
“Unfortunately, voting is not a habit of many of the youth,” Whisenhunt said. “Politics is very important for the youth of today because this generation will be leading the way for everyone in the future. If the youth of today don’t get involved now, this will be a major loss for all of the youth coming after this generation.”
Whisenhunt said that he decided to run for mayor after being approached by members of the community.
“I had people coming to me and saying they are not happy with the situation in Pine Bluff and they asked me to run,” Whisenhunt said. “I got the feeling that it was time for me to do something and not to sit on the sidelines any more.”
Whisenhunt said that he hoped to be elected mayor in order to serve the needs of the people of Pine Bluff.
“Having served in many leadership positions, I would like to continue that experience by serving the needs of my neighbors and my fellow residents of Pine Bluff,” Whisenhunt said. “I was born in Pine Bluff and hope to live the rest of my life in the town that I love and respect.”