Tony Washington is a visionary, a pioneer, a motivator, a mentor, and a forward-thinking professional embodying excellence and leadership in the public sector. A native of Marianna, Arkansas, he has transformed every challenge into a success in not only his professional experiences, but also in his personal commitments. A graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, he has remained focused on community outreach, policy development, and financial management. He is currently seeking office as Jefferson County Tax Collector.
Washington has been a consistent pillar of his community, a key stakeholder in Arkansas State Government for the past 10+ years. Since 2007, Tony has served in the administration of the Office of the Arkansas Attorney General as the Senior Public Affairs Liaison working with local and state-elected officials to align political support with the interests of the state. In addition to this role, Washington has served as a Legislative Liaison for the University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College since 2015. He has proven to be a strategic planner and an expert in public and organizational outreach, and a relationship builder. Effective in forging partnerships with Arkansas community leaders and uniting groups for a cause, Washington knows what it takes to bridge the gap between bureaucracy and constituents.
In addition to his successful career in government relations, Tony has also been at the forefront of grassroots advocacy and political campaigns. Most notably, Washington served as campaign manager for Alex Guynn in the 2016 race for 11th District Judicial Circuit Court Judge; served as the Arkansas Political Director for President Obama’s first presidential campaign in 2008; served as the 4th Congressional District Outreach Director for the Coordinated Campaign which included candidates Governor Mike Beebe, Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, and Secretary of State Charlie Daniels in 2006; and served as a Regional Field Organizer for the Democratic Coordinated Campaign in 2004.
In addition to his successful career, he takes time to pour his philanthropic spirit into his community. He has made significant contributions to many organizations serving in leadership roles and receiving numerous accolades for his outstanding service and professional performance. He volunteers as a mentor with the Boys and Girls Club, a mentor and coach for the Arkansas Rough Riders Travel Baseball Team and Pine Bluff Northern Baseball League, participates in ongoing elderly programs, a Member of the Prince Hall Masons of Arkansas, and has served as the Past President and Finance Secretary for Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Tony Washington resides in Pine Bluff with his wife Mae Washington of 14 years and their son – Braylon (10).
WHY I'M RUNNING?
Pine Bluff has been my home for over 25 years and this city with all its assets has been very good to me. Pine Bluff gave me a college education and my start in politics. I have had many opportunities that people dream of and it all started right here in Pine Bluff. This is my home and where I am raising my child. I care about the future of Pine Bluff and Jefferson County, that’s why I’m running for office. I want to be the next Jefferson County Tax Collector.
With my 10 years of experience in state government, I have a lot to offer Jefferson County. My experience working in Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s administration gave me the opportunity to work with federal, state, county, and city officials in almost every county in the state. As Senior Public Affairs Liaison, I worked closely with county officials on a daily bases. We provided the best customer service to the people of Arkansas and as Jefferson County Tax Collector, I want to bring that same customer service to the people of Jefferson County. Our current Tax Collector has done an excellent job serving the people of Jefferson County, I want to take it to the next level with new ideas and new visions. That’s why I’m the best person for the job.