Carroll plans to run for county judge


Alfred Carroll Sr., District 1 justice of the peace and a local principal, announced his intentions Wednesday to run for Jefferson County judge.

He will seek the Democratic nomination for county judge in the May 22 primary election.

Carroll, who is also a minister, has worked in the Pine Bluff School District for 32 years as a teacher and currently the principal of Southwood Elementary School.

Carroll cited his nearly 14 years on the Jefferson County Quorum Court and leadership in various organizations as evidence of his experience for the job.

“Jefferson County government as a whole has a pretty good reputation among county voters, business leaders and neighboring counties. Our reputation and solvency as a government entity must be maintained and protected,” Carroll said.

“If elected, our goal will be to expand existing partnerships and create new ones that will allow Jefferson County’s citizens to experience the best of what our county has to offer in education, employment opportunities, economic development, recreation and quality of life. Secondly, we will spread the good news in market areas that might prove profitable to our continued success. Finally, we will be open to good ideas from our citizens.”

A 1976 graduate of Pine Bluff High School, Carroll also has a bachelor of science degree from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and master’s degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He and his wife, Sharon, have eight children.

Other announced candidates for county judge are Pine Bluff Assistant Police Chief Ivan Whitfield and former Pine Bluff mayor Dutch King.