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Clarissa Pace Announces as Candidate for City Council, Ward 3, Seat 2

September 9th, 2020 by

Clarissa Pace Clarissa Pace has recently announced her candidacy for the position of Alderman on the Monticello City Council.

When asked “why you are running for city council now?”, she responded:

“I have been a participating member in this community since I moved here. It has been with sports, education, politics, spiritual, you name it. I was instrumental in moving our Monticello school board to observe MLK Day in the school system, I helped revive the Neighborhood Watch program in my community which helped shed light on doing something about abandon homes in Monticello neighborhoods, inspired our former mayor to put up speed bumps to eliminate neighborhood speeding, and actively bring back the noise ordinance and curfew.

I am no stranger to work. I think now is a great time for me and the citizens of my ward because it is time for change. If elected, I plan to get to know the citizens of my ward and connect them with the decision making of the city government. I love people and I love their input. I want them to have a voice and believe they want to be heard.”

Background:

Native of El Dorado, AR

Moved to Monticello in 1984

Daughter of the late Robbyeteen Jones and Benjamin Jones, JR.

Married to Principal and retired coach, Jerome Pace

5 children, 6 grandchildren, 1 great granddaughter

Education:

Attended El Dorado High School

Graduated Capital City Junior College of Business, LR, with an AA in Radio/TV Broadcasting

Attended South Arkansas University – El Dorado Branch – Communication

Attended University of Phoenix – pursuing Marketing degree

Will graduate from Devry University in December 2020 with a BA in Technical Management with a concentration in Sales & Marketing

Employment:

§  Worked 12 years as assistant newspaper editor (first African American), dark tech at the Advance-Monticellonian

§  Worked 7 years as Administrative Assistant II at Potlatch Corporation in Warren

§  Served as In-Person Assister for the Affordable Care Act (known as “Obama Care”) with the Arkansas Minority Health Commission – recognized as most enrollment per capita in SEARK

§  Started her own freelance photographer/desktop publisher in 1990. Opened her own homebased business in 2004 in finance and marketing. She is now the owner of Shekinah Services LLC, finance and marketing company, Shekinah Credit Management Solutions LLC, and founder of the S.A.F.E. (Southeast Arkansas Financial Education) Center Inc.

Community:

§  Served on the Drew County War On Drugs with former Attorney General Steve Clark.

§  Served on the stirring committee for the start of the Drew County Boys and Girls Club of America.

§  Served 6 years as a pageant and talent show coordinator for the Drew County Fair Board.

§  Served several years as a member/coordinator/choir director for the Drew County MLK Committee

§  Member of the Monticello/Drew County Chamber of Commerce

§  Participated several years as a participant/worker in the Monticello festivals

§  Served several years as president/member of the Drew County Single Parent Scholarship Board

§  Presently serve as a member of the Drew County NAACP #6042

§  Serves in ministry as a pastor with her husband, Jerome, at The Great I Am Temple.

§  Serves as local coordinator/mentor of Monticello Level Up, a girl’s non-profit organization founded by Coach Shanae Govan which reaches across Arkansas and Oklahoma.

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