PINE BLUFF Native– David Knott (52) a resident of Pine Bluff announced his candidacy for first ward Alderman. I am a graduate of Dollarway high school and attended the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. I retired after 31 years of service with the Arkansas Department of Corrections where I attained the rank of Major before retiring. I’m a member of Pine Hill Baptist Church and helping the youth and my community has always been my passion.
“I know firsthand how crime and incarceration have impacted our community. I have seen the decline of the youth in this city. I will work with local law enforcement, local government and strive to decrease crime with our youth!’
During my career with the Department of Corrections, I served as a gang coordinator, Unit emergency preparedness coordinator and Drug Enforcement Officer. There are many ways to invoke change within the community, but reducing crime is a major factor.
“Crime can be decreased by developing our youth and educating them about opportunities other than a life associated with familiar street activities, such as drugs & gangs” Thereby eliminating the conditions that produce criminal activity. “I consider youth development a personal calling. I started coaching at the age of 14 by coaching the Sigma’s (Phi Beta Sigma Chapter) of the continental tee-ball league. I also coached in the international little league of Pine Bluff. “I care about the youth of this city and have witnessed firsthand what can happen to children who don’t have father’s or male role models actively participating in their life. “It is easier to build strong children than repair broken men” (Fredrick Douglass). I have attended numerous meetings focused on what changes can be done for and with the youth of this city. However, “I am not interested in what is good for me but my concentration is centered around what is in the best interest of the youth of Pine Bluff.
“I am pleased to announce my candidacy for First Ward Alderman. My campaign will focus on Education and Youth Development because I believe that our children are our future. “Knott Knows Knott Cares — David Knott for 1st Ward Alderman.