Clarissa Pace has announced her candidacy for the Ward 3, Position 2 seat on the Monticello City Council.

Pace, the owner of a local finance and marketing company, has been a participating member of the community, involved in sports, education, politics and spiritual activities, since she moved to Monticello from El Dorado in 1984, according to her campaign announcement.

“I think now is a great time for me and the citizens of my ward because it is time for change,” Pace said in a news release announcing her candidacy. “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.”

Pace says she is “no stranger to work.”

“I was instrumental in moving our Monticello school board to observe MLK Day in the school system,” she said. “I helped revive the Neighborhood Watch program in my community which helped shed light on doing something about abandoned 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.”

Pace is a former assistant newspaper editor and darkroom technician at the Advance-Monticellonian, an administrative assistant at the Potlatch Corporation in Warren and an “in-person assister for the Affordable Care Act” with the Arkansas Minority Health Commission. She started a freelance photography and desktop publishing business and opened a home-based finance and marketing business in 2004. She is 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.

Pace served on the Drew County War On Drugs committee, the steering committee for the start of the Drew County Boys and Girls Club, was the pageant and talent show coordinator for the Drew County Fair Board, served several years as a member, coordinator and choir director for the for the Drew County MLK Committee, is a member of the Monticello-Drew County Chamber of Commerce, was a volunteer at local festivals, served as president and member of the Drew County Single Parent Scholarship Board, is a member of the Drew County NAACP, is local coordinator and mentor of Monticello Level Up, a girl’s non-profit organization founded by Coach Shanae Govan. She and her husband, Jerome Pace, a principal and retired coach, are pastors of the The Great I Am Temple.

Pace attended El Dorado High School. She is a graduate of Capital City Junior College of Business in Little Rock where she received a degree in Radio/TV Broadcasting, attended South Arkansas University (El Dorado Branch) where she studied communication, and attended the University of Phoenix where she pursued a marketing degree. She ill graduate from Devry University in December 2020 with a BA in technical management with a concentration in sales and marketing.

Pace is the daughter of the late Robbyeteen Jones and Benjamin Jones, Jr. She has five children, six grandchildren, and one great granddaughter.