Mary Blount will seek a fifth term as justice of the peace for District 7 on the Crawford County Quorum Court, for which she presently serves as chair of the budget committee.

Blount, a long-time resident of Crawford County, is vice president of training and marketing with Citizens Bank & Trust Co.

Currently a member of the GFWC Women’s League of Van Buren and past president of that group, Blount enjoys her involvement in the community, she said. She also serves on the Van Buren Chamber of Commerce Education Committee.

In 1995, Blount was named Crawford County Business and Professional Woman of the Year and GFWC Women’s League of Van Buren Woman of the Year. She was the recipient of the Iverson Riggs Memorial Citizen of the Year Award in 2011.

Blount considers it a privilege and honor to have served the residents of District 7 during the past seven years, she said.

"I will continue to stay aware of and informed about issues affecting Crawford County citizens," Blount said. "I care about our community and want to help make it the best place to live, work, and raise and educate our children and grandchildren."

Blount is the daughter of Bill and Lula Farrar and daughter-in-law of Betty Copeland. She and her husband Ronnie have one daughter and a son-in-law, Landi and Gary Brown, and two grandchildren, Belle and Jacob Brown.

As residents of the Oak Grove community and Blount and her husband have been members of the Oak Grove Baptist Church for many years, where Blount serves as a Sunday school teacher and nursery and children church worker.

She also serves on the nominating committee and served on the sanitary building committee at her church.

Blount said she hopes the residents she represents will continue to give her the opportunity to serve as their JP.

"I would greatly appreciate the support of the voters in District 7 of Crawford County," Blount said.