Whitfield to run for county judge again

Assistant Pine Bluff Chef of Police Ivan Whitfield has announced he will make a second bid to be elected as Jefferson County Judge in the May 2014 Democratic primary.

Whitfield ran for the position in 2012, losing to Dutch King by 154 votes in a Democratic primary run-off. King went on to win the general election against Republican Ted Harden.

“With over 30 years of experience in law enforcement, Whitfield understands and is committed to serving the citizens of Jefferson County,” a press release from announcing Whitfield’s candidacy said. “Since meeting the needs of the public has been his primary priority, functioning in the capacity of County Judge will certainly afford him the opportunity to perpetuate this vision to the general populace.”

Whitfield graduated from Central High School in Helena-West Helena and received a degree from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. He is also a graduate of the Southern Police Institute in Kentucky and the School of Law Enforcement Supervision through the Criminal Justice Institute, a division of the University of Arkansas system.

“Whitfield pledges to give his continual effort in working toward fiscal responsibility, employment opportunities, road improvements, youth initiatives and higher education investments,” the news release said. “His desire to abate the inaccurate perception that Jefferson County does not have a positive hiring pool is equally paramount.

“By partnering with the City of Pine Bluff, community businesses and other pertinent entities, Whitfield believes that Jefferson County can and will be a viable and thriving place of social and economical development and unlimited possibilities,” the release said.

Whitfield is married to Pine Bluff City Clerk Loretta Whitfield. They have one daughter and one granddaughter.