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Ex-rival to endorse Steele in NLR mayor race

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published November 8, 2012 at 10:39 a.m. Updated November 8, 2012 at 1:06 p.m.


FILE - Joe Smith speaks while state Rep. Tracy Steele looks on during a forum for North Little Rock mayoral candidates on Sept. 20.

— State Rep. Tracy Steele says one of his former opponents in the race for North Little Rock mayor will endorse him at a campaign event Thursday.

Steele received the most votes in Tuesday's election, but he didn't get enough necessary for winning outright. Instead, he will face second-place candidate Joe Smith in a Nov. 27 runoff.

Steele's campaign said in a statement that former candidate Mark Clinton will endorse Steele at a 2 p.m. event at Steele's headquarters, 413 Main St.

Clinton finished third in Tuesday's election with 1,793 votes. That was far behind Steele, who received 11,524 votes, and Smith, who got 9,820. John Parker finished fourth with 741 votes.

Steele, executive director for the nonprofit STAND Foundation, and Smith, the North Little Rock city administrator, are vying to replace Patrick Hays, the longtime North Little Rock mayor who chose not to seek reelection after six terms.


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LevyRat says... November 8, 2012 at 1:23 p.m.

You can bet some palms were greased for this. If Steele wins, get ready for some graft and corruption that will make Baggett et al look like choir boys.

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Jackabbott says... November 8, 2012 at 3:01 p.m.

Yes, the deals are already been cut on this one. This is another Obama-Romney duel. Neither one is worth a flip. At least we know what we are getting with Smith, with Steele, who knows-maybe more changing of street and school names.

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Populist says... November 8, 2012 at 3:36 p.m.

I've heard good things about Steele, but Arkies aren't known for voting for black people--are they? Indeed, Levyrat's comment smacks of racism when it implies that the black man must be up to no good.

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Bulletproof2000 says... November 8, 2012 at 9:43 p.m.

LevyRat the world is changing from all this racist crap, people like yourself is the reason the nation got behind Obama, but we tired of being sick and sick of being tired of this undercover racism. The man endorse Steele because he knows that Smith policies will be the same as Hays, not saying that Mayor Hays is a bad person because I supported him ever since he first took office, but people want to move towards a new vision for North Little Rock and not continue to down the path of old Hays Smith is not Hays because they the same color and that doesn't mean he is better than a man who's not.

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NoCrossNoCrown says... November 10, 2012 at 11:30 p.m.

Something told me that Smith and his people would go negative after Tuesday's election.
Steele is a good man a good father and a good husband. He has done numerous things that have not only benefited the people of NLR but all of Arkansas. For some to disparage this man and try to tie him to Obama is an insult and only shows the ignorance of that person. I think he will be a fine leader for the citizens of North Little Rock and I wish him well in the run-off.

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